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DIAC releases New Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) for General Skilled Migration

On 1 July 2012 DIAC released updated Skilled Occupation Lists for the General Skilled Migration Program

To view the new lists follow the below links:

Skilled Occupation List (SOL) - Schedule 1
Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) - Schedule 1 & 2

To apply for an Australian General Skilled Migration visa either:

DIAC releases new Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL)

The Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL) has been updated. The new list comes into effect 1 July 2011.

Individuals with an occupation which features on the ENSOL can be nominated and sponsored by an Australian employer under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). The subclass 856 is for visa applicants applying from within Australia, and the subclass 121 is for indiduals applying from outside of Australia.

Below is the list of occupations which feature on the current ENSOL:

ANZSCO Occupation
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthWorker

Owen Harris talks Skilled Occupation Lists and IELTS.

Not much has changed!

The Skilled Occupation Lists have been in use for over 160 years. In 1848 Australia was applying criteria to prospective emigrants leaving London for Moreton Bay limiting passage to “agricultural labourers, shepherds, female domestic and farm servants, dairy maids, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters and other country mechanics.”

They were required to be in good health and of good character (both tests remain to this day). The difference being that now they the ship’s surgeon has been replaced by panel doctors.

Harris Wake comments to the UK Telegraph newspaper about the upcoming changes to General Skilled Migration and the proposed EOI scheme.

Recently we were asked to provide some comments to the the Telegraph newspaper in the UK regarding the 1 July 2011 General Skilled Migration changes and the proposed introduction of the expression of interest scheme in 2012.

Here are the questions and what we said:

1) What are the major ways the new system, to be implemented on July 1, differs from the old?

New Skilled Occupation List (SOL) From 1 July 2011

DIAC has released a new Skilled Occupation List (schedule 3), Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List - 1 July 2011, following the annual review based on advice from Skills Australia.

The following occupations have been removed from the SOL:
° Optometrist [251411]
° Orthoptist [251412]
° Panel Beater [324111]
° Vehicle Painter [324311]

The following occupations have been added to the SOL:
° Medical Physicist [234914]
° Environmental Health Officer [251311]
° Occupational Health and Safety Adviser [251312]
° Hospital Pharmacists [251511]
° Retail Pharmacists [251513]

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Migration Plan has been released

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Migration Plan for sponsorship under Subclasses 176 and 886 General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications has been signed and applications will open Monday 8 November 2010.

The ACT (“eligibility list”): can be viewed on the ACT Cheif Minister's Department website.

Sponsorship places are strictly limited.

Applicants must also meet the ACT Government’s eligibility criteria to be considered for visa sponsorship.

The Victorian State Migration Plan has been released

The Victorian State Migration Plan for sponsorship under Subclasses 176, 886, 475 and 487 General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications has been signed and applications will open Wednesday 3 November 2010.

Sponsorship places are strictly limited. For the 2010-2011 financial year. Victoria’s cap is 4500 visa grants, which includes primary and secondary applicants.

Applicants must also meet the Victorian Government’s eligibility criteria to be considered for visa sponsorship; and

Occupations allowable under State and Territory Sponsorship announced

Were you one of the unfortunate individuals whose occupation was removed from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)? The immigration minister has released the occupations which will be allowable for the states and territories to sponsor. It remains yet to be seen though, what occupations each of the states and territories will adopt as part of their migration plans. If you have questions about your General Skilled Migration options contact us today.

Telephone Consultation Special for GSM changes

Are you concerned about the new changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and how they may impact you? We are currently offering a discounted telephone consultation at the price of GPB£20.00 (AUD$35.00) for 20 minutes with a Registered Migration Agent.

The announcement on Monday 17 May of the new SOL to take effect on 1 July 2010 by the Australian Immigration Minister has caused quite a stir this week. Many were still getting over the shock from the announcement a week earlier that the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) was temporarily suspended until further notice.

New Skilled Occupation List causes confusion for IT professionals potentially wanting to migrate to Australia

If you’re an IT specialist wishing to come to Australia you are probably wondering whether the Government understands the difference between a Cisco engineer and a telecommunications engineer, the internet and .NET, or the difference between a Systems tester, a web developer, applications developer and a systems administrator?

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