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Temporary suspension of Australian General Skilled Migration Visas

The Minister has today announced a temporary suspension of certain general skilled migration visas. The move hopes to ensure that all offshore general skilled applications made after today are in accordance with the occupations included on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), to be released later this month. The Minister has not indicated when the suspension will be lifted, however it will be no earlier than the announcement of the new SOL.

The Minister has announced that his Department will not accept applications for the following visa subclasses from 8 May 2010 until further notice:

New Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for Australian General Skilled Migration announced today, 17 May 2010 by DIAC.

DIAC has announced a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration (GSM). The new SOL does not apply for non-GSM visas, such as ENS, RSMS or Subclass 457.

The new SOL is proposed to commence 1 July 2010. The new list comprises 181 occupations. The old SOL had 408.

The new SOL is based on the ANZSCO (Australian & New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) and not ANSCO (Australian Standard Classification of Occupations). Some of the occupations which are no longer on the SOL include: Cook, chef, Hairdresser, Pharmacist, Graphic Designer.

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