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Exploring Skilled Occupation Lists in 2023: Your Pathway to Australian Immigration

For skilled professionals eyeing Australian immigration, understanding the Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) is crucial. Over time, these lists, which include the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL), have undergone significant updates. This article aims to provide you with a detailed overview of these lists and their implications for your immigration journey.

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The Importance of Skilled Occupation Lists in Australian Immigration:

The SOLs play a pivotal role in various skilled visa pathways, including but not limited to, subclass 189, 190, and 491 visas. They define which occupations are in demand in Australia, guiding potential immigrants on their eligibility and prospects.

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The Different Skilled Occupation Lists:

  1. Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL): The STSOL includes occupations in high demand in various states and territories. It's essential for applicants of visas like the Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated) and Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory government agency nominated) visas.

  2. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL): The MLTSSL contains occupations requiring skilled professionals in various sectors. This list is crucial for applicants of the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa, a non-sponsored skilled permanent visa. It is also relevant for the Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Family sponsored) visa, Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated) visa, and Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa.

  3. Regional Occupation List (ROL): The ROL encompasses regional migration programs, relevant for visas like Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory government agency nominated) visa .Choosing the right occupation from this list is vital for those targeting regional migration​​.

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Navigating the MLTSSL, STSOL, and ROL:

Understanding these lists can be complex, but it’s essential for a successful visa application. Here’s how to navigate them:

  • Check the latest version of the lists on the Department of Home Affairs website.

  • Consider state-specific nominated visas if your occupation is more in demand in certain Australian states.

The SOLs are dynamic and reflect the evolving needs of the Australian labour market. Staying informed about these changes can significantly enhance your chances of successfully immigrating to Australia.

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