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