[NEWS] State Sponsorship Changes: VIC, QLD, TAS & ACT


Seeking state sponsorship? Read below on some important updates for Victoria, QLD, Tasmania, ACT and WA!


VICTORIA


When: 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018


Who: Skilled migration applicants nominating engineering and building occupations


What does this mean for me? Your application will not be accepted until after 12 January 2018


Exceptions: Applicants who have a job offer in Victoria in their nominated occupation, or meet the PhD or 457 pathways are not affected and can still apply during this time


QUEENSLAND Update #1


When: From 25 October 2017


Who: Interstate applicants (Applicants currently living in a different state)


What does this mean for me? You can no longer apply for Queensland state nomination.


Exception 1: Interstate applicants can still apply if you are eligible under the Working in Queensland or Alumni pathway:

  1. Alumni pathway: recent Masters and PhD graduates from a Queensland university with a degree relevant to the eligible QSOL occupations

  2. Working in Queensland: currently living and working in Queensland in their eligible skilled occupation (or closely related)


Exception 2: If you are an interstate applicant who has already received an invitation


QUEENSLAND Update #2


When: From 22 August 2017 until further notice


What does this mean for me? QLD is still not accepting EOIs for Skilled Migration for the following occupations.


Who: Anyone planning to nominate any of the following occupations

  • 221111 Accountant (general)261311 Analyst Programmer

  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer

  • 262111 Database Administrator

  • 261312 Developer Programmer

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst

  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer

  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer

  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist

  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer

  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer

  • 261313 Software Engineer

  • 261314 Software Tester

  • 262113 Systems Administrator

  • 261112 Systems Analyst

  • 313113 Web Administrator

  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson

  • 611211 Insurance Agent

  • 232511 Interior Designer

  • 221112 Management Acct

  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer

  • 225311 Public Relations Professional

  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists

  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

TASMANIA Update #1

When: From 1 October 2017

Who: Onshore 190 and 489 visa applicants applying for Tasmania state nomination under the Category 3 ‘Job Offer’ stream

What does this mean for me? You will now need to work in Tasmania for 3 months before lodging their application for state nomination. Previously having a job offer alone was acceptable.


TASMANIA Update #2


When: From 1 January 2018


Who: 190 visa applicants applying for Tasmania state nomination under Category 1 (Tasmanian Graduate)


What does this mean for me?

You now need to have completed 2 years of study at a CRICOS-registered Tasmanian tertiary institution instead of 1 year. For 489 visa applicants, it is still 1 year in order to be eligible for nomination for the 190 visa.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY


When: 23 August 2017


Who: 190 and 489 visa applicants applying for ACT state nomination from overseas


What does this mean for me?

ACT state government nomination is no longer available to you


Exceptions:

You are exempt from these changes if either:

1. You are living overseas but have family in Canberra

2. You are living overseas but have a genuine job offer in Canberra

3. You have completed a PhD at an ACT university

If you have any concerns about the news above and how it affects you, contact us today and get answers!

Source:

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/2017/changes-to-skilled-applications-for-engineering-and-building-occupations#.WexfNmiCw2y

https://migration.qld.gov.au/latest-news/bsmq-update-interstate-applicants-no-longer-eligible/

https://migration.qld.gov.au/latest-news/bsmq-update-removal-of-occupations/

https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/news/reforms_to_tasmanias_state_nomination_policy

http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/news/

http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/regional-sponsored-migration-scheme/latest-news

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