With the current COVID situation, the government is using the "Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)" of 19 occupations that are deemed critical to support the Australian economy recovery from COVID-19.
These occupations are open to change as Australia's recovery needs change. Here's everything you need to know about the recent changes!
"What are the changes?"
The changes to the actual PMSOL list is that veterinarians occupation has been added to the PMSOL list. This means veterinarians will be given priority visa processing.
Other changes include visa changes to help the Australian hospitality and tourism sector.
These changes include:
Removing the existing work hour caps for Student Visa holders employed in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Temporary visa holders that work or intend to work in the hospitality and tourism industry can apply for the 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa for a period of up to 12 months if they work in the tourism and hospitality sector 90 days before their visa expires.
Please note: Legislation has not been released yet, currently these visa changes have only been announced.
"How do these changes impact me?"
For student visa holders working in the hospitality or tourism sector, the existing 40 hour fortnightly limit will no longer apply during study periods once legislation has been released.
For temporary visa holders, who are in the hospitality and tourism industry or intend to switch over to the industry, the news is also great because it means they can live and work in Australia for an additional 12 months!
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