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

Australian Immigration News

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



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



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



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.



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


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!



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