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AITSL Changes To Skills Assessment: Early Childhood Teachers & English Language Requirements

On 22 April 2016 the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) announced a number of changes to its skills assessment requirements which will apply to applications received from 22 April 2016. More

Skills Select: State And Territory Government Nominated Permanent Visas (Subclasses 190 & 489)

An alternative pathway to independent skilled migration is for applicants to find a State or Territory Government to nominate them. State and Territory Governments are able to nominate an applicant for a permanent 190 visa, or a temporary 489 regional area visa which leads to permanent residency, if certain additional requirements are satisfied after grant of the visa. This article provides information about applying for a visa via this pathway, with information about the benefits and the pitfalls involved. More

New Process for NSW State Nomination for the Subclass 190 Visa

Due to the difficulties faced by prospective applicants in the lodgement of online nomination applications for the subclass 190 visa, the NSW Department of Trade and Investment introduced a new invitation process from February 2015. More

Changes to Occupational Ceilings for SkillSelect Visas - Advantages and Possible Hurdles

From 1 March 2014, State or Territory Nominated visas (subclass 190) will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”). More

ICT Work Experience Assessments by the Australian Computer Society – Part II

The article titled "ICT Work Experience Assessments by the Australian Computer Society" dated 28 June 2013 addressed the criteria for skills assessment when applying to the Australian Computer Society (ACS). At the time of writing the above article, the question remained whether the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Immigration Department) would recognise (and potentially award points for) all relevant work experience obtained after completion of the required qualification. More

ICT Work Experience Assessments by the Australian Computer Society

Under Australian migration law the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the designated skills assessing body for ICT occupations. Applicants who do not hold an ICT qualification, or who do not hold an ICT bachelor degree or higher from Australia, must demonstrate a certain period of work experience in order to obtain a positive assessment in an ICT occupation from ACS. More

First Round of Invitations Issued under SkillSelect

On 1 August 2012 DIAC issued the first round of invitations under the new SkillSelect system for General Skilled Migration visas. More

Victoria rolls out the red carpet for PhD graduates

The Victorian government has made special arrangements with DIAC for international students who have completed a PhD at a Victorian University. Former PhD graduates are able to nominate any occupation on an expanded list of occupations. More

Perth added to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Since 12 September 2011, Perth has been included in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) along with the rest of WA. Employers in all parts of Australia except for the major east coast metropolitan areas are now able to nominate employees under this scheme. More

Skilled Work Experience Evidencing Under the New Skilled Migration Points Test

In order to be eligible for Australian Skilled Migration visas, applicants will need to satisfy certain threshold requirements. One of these threshold requirements is that the applicant provide evidence of recent skilled employment in a skilled occupation or have recently completed the Australian Study requirement. Applicants may also rely on a certain period of work experience in Australia or overseas to satisfy the pass mark. More

GSM Processing Update

Effective from 1 July 2011, the Department of Immigration & Citizenship has introduced new priority processing arrangements. These arrangements are intended to give regional visas the highest processing priority. Essentially, the new arrangements have divided the former Processing Group 1 into new Priority Groups 1 and 2. Former Processing Groups 2, 3 and 4 have become Processing Priority Groups 3, 4 and 5 respectively. More

Major changes to Australia's Skilled Migration Program

The Australian Government has decided on a number of major changes to the Skilled Migration Programme that will completely alter the way skilled migrants are admitted into Australia. The changes, coming into force on 1 July 2012, will affect the following visas types: Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175; Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176; Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885; Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886; and Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475. More

Changes to the GSM Points Test - Community language points

On July 1 2011 a new points test will come into force for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applicants. All GSM visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2011 will be subject to the new points test, unless limited transitional arrangements apply. Consequently, points for a designated/community language can no longer be claimed on the basis of being the holder of a qualification from a university where instruction was in that language. More

Changes to the GSM Points Test - English language requirements

On July 1 2011 a new points test came into force for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applicants. The English language requirements contained in the new points test mark a significant departure from earlier requirements. All GSM visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2011 will be subject to the new points test, unless limited transitional arrangements apply. More

New skilled migration points test – transitional arrangements

On 1 July 2011 a new points test will come into force for a number of skilled migration visa applications. The new points test includes new points factors (see our article dated 9 June 2011) and a new pass mark of 65 points. More

Adding family members to certain GSM visas after date of grant

Family members and/or relatives cannot be added to an applicant’s GSM permanent visa (eg subclasses 885 and 886) after it has been granted. In those situations, the family members will need to apply for residency under the partner or child migration pathways (as applicable). More

New Skilled Migration Points Test

On July 1, 2011 a new points test will come into force for a number of skilled migration visa applications. The changes will affect the following visa subclasses: Skilled – Independent (175); Skilled – Sponsored (176); Regional Sponsored (475); Skilled – Regional Sponsored (487); Skilled – Independent (885); and Skilled – Sponsored (886). More

Priority Group 3 GSM applicants invited to obtain health and character clearances now

In anticipation of priority group 2 General Skilled Migration (“GSM”) applications being finalised by the end of this financial year, DIAC has invited certain priority group 3 GSM applicants to obtain health and character clearances now. This suggests that DIAC may be in a position to finalise certain eligible priority group 3 GSM applications before the end of this financial year (that is, by 30 June 2011). More

Victorian State Migration Plan: Update

The Victorian government announced that it will no longer accept applications for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skilled occupations after 30 January 2011, for the purposes of nomination under its State Migration Plan. More

State Migration Plan for South Australia

State Migration Plans are agreements between individual States and Territories with the Immigration Minister which allow states and territories to nominate General Skilled Migration (GSM) applicants under occupations required to fill skill shortages within their local labour markets. More

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

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. More

New Points Test for General Skilled Migration Announced

A new points test for General Skilled Migration (GSM) was announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 11 November 2010. More

ICT or Computer professionals applying for skills re-assessment with the Australian Computer Society

Recently, there have been a number of practitioners suggesting that it may be possible to change a nominated skilled occupation after a General Skilled Migration (GSM) application (eg subclass 175, 176, 885 or 886) has been lodged. More

Victorian State Migration Plan

The Victorian State Migration Plan allows the Victorian Government to nominate skilled applicants, whose occupations are listed on the State Sponsorship Eligibility List. More

Important GSM Decision Ready Checklist Update

In July 2010 DIAC’s Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre for GSM applications introduced a ‘Decision Ready Checklist’ (DRC) on a trial basis. The DRC gives priority to onshore GSM applications which have been lodged online (eLodged) by Registered Migration Agents and which are ‘Decision Ready’. More

State or Territory Nomination Under General Skilled Migration

State migration plans are expected to be released within the next 2-3 weeks. The migration plans will offer an opportunity for potential skilled migrants under the General Skilled Migration program. More

Decision ready checklists for General Skilled Migration applications

In order to speed up processing of visa applications, the Department of Immigration team in Brisbane has recently announced a ‘Decision Ready Checklist’ system. More

Changes to the Australian Institute of Management’s Criteria for Manager for the Purpose of Migration

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has introduced changes in its assessment criteria for Manager for the Purpose of Migration to Australia. These changes will apply to all skills assessment applications lodged with MIA on or after 1 July 2010. More

Recent Changes to Skills Assessment for Nurses and Midwives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) recently announced changes which favours the recognition of registered nurses and midwives from member states of the European Union. More

New Processing Arrangements for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas

Changes were announced to priority processing arrangements for some General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas. More

New Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration (GSM)

New Skills Occupation List (SOL) from 1 July 2010. More

Australia's new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration (GSM)

New Skilled Occupation List (New SOL) announced for Australia. More

Temporary suspension of Offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications for Subclasses 175, 176 and 475

Temporarily suspension in accepting Offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications as demand exceeds supply. More

Australian Computer Society Skills Assessments and the New SOL

The new SOL lists ANZSCO rather than ASCO codes and has implications for IT skills assessments. More

Changes to Skills Assessment for Accountants and related occupations

New info for skills assessment as an accountant. More

Skills assessment through Trades Recognition Australia – Skilled Worker Program

Two alternate skills assessment programs for trade qualifications. More

Recognition of TRA skills assessments obtained prior to 1 January 2010

Onshore GSM applicants no longer require TRA skills assessment dated on or after 1 January 2010. More

Substantial changes to the general skilled migration program announced

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program on 8 February 2010. Some of these changes will affect current and future candidates. More

Changes to General Skilled Migration (GSM) skills requirements

Changes to permanent residency eligibility effective 1 Jan 2010. More

Significant changes to VETASSESS skills assessment requirements

From 1 January 2010 VETASSESS will be requiring applicants to show acceptable academic qualifications and work experience. More

Working in a closely related Skilled Occupation in Australia

Receive 10 points if employed in skilled occupation for at least 12 months. More

IT graduate skills now assessable against MODL occupations

IT graduates with Australian qualifications are now eligible to have their skills assessed against the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) occupations. More

Fast-track your General Skilled Migration Application

Economic conditions lead to re-ordered visa processing. More

Dramatic Slowdown in processing Some GSM Applications

As a result of the global financial crisis Immigration Department processing of certain General Skilled Migration visas has slowed down dramatically. More

New priority processing for skilled migration applications

From January 2009, new priority processing for skilled migration applications New priority processing for skilled migration applications. More

General Skilled Migration Scheme Expanded

The Australian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to attracting highly skilled migrants to Australia with a substantial increase to the General Skilled Migration Scheme (GSM) quota for the 2008-2009 financial year. More

Australian Work Experience

Applicants for points tested skilled migration (visa subclasses 175, 176, 885, 886) may be eligible for 10 bonus points if they have worked in their nominated occupation, or a closely related skilled occupation, in Australia, for 12 months in the four years immediately before they apply. More

Changes to Skilled Migration Effective from 1 January 2009

From January 1, 2009 changes will be introduced to employer sponsored and skilled migration. More