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DIAC to Prioritise General Skilled Migration Applicants with an ANZSCO-Reviewed Skills Assessment from the Australian Computer Society

The contents of this article are correct as at 30 December 2010.

In our article of 3 November 2010, we explained that the law does not allow an applicant to change their nominated skilled occupation after having lodged their GSM application.

This is especially an issue for GSM applicants who lodged their applications before 1 July 2010 on the basis of an Australian Computer Society (ACS) skills assessment for the ASCO skilled occupation of Computing Professional not elsewhere classified (nec) (2231-79). Such applications are currently in Processing Group 4 and not being processed by the Department of Immigration (DIAC).

However DIAC recently announced that it will prioritise GSM applications lodged before 1 July 2010 nominating the ASCO skilled occupation of Computing Professional not elsewhere classified (nec), where the applicants provide a reviewed/new skills assessment in an ANZSCO based skilled occupation found on Schedule 3 Skilled Occupation List (for example, ICT business analyst ANZSCO 261111, Systems analyst  ANZSCO 261112 , Analyst programmer  ANZSCO 261311, Developer programmer  ANZSCO 261312, or Software engineer  ANZSCO 261313) and where the second assessment is based on the same information provided to the ACS, as the first.

While this is good news for GSM applicants mentioned above, DIAC’s approach is not sanctioned by legislation.

We strongly believe that the law should be amended to provide clarity and certainty for GSM applicants who come within the above circumstances.

If you have any questions concerning this article, or wish to discuss other ways of prioritising your existing GSM application, please click this link to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.