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State and Territory Sponsorship now open! Apply now before occupation numbers are met!

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State and Territory Sponsorship now open! Apply now before occupation numbers are met!

State and Territory Sponsorship now open! Apply now before occupation numbers are met!

Key terms: Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – State Sponsorship – State Nomination – Occupation Lists

State sponsorship is a critical component of the Australian visa application for many. Having a state nominated visa application provides:

  • an immediate Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated and subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visas, i.e. not subject to invitation round points requirements
  • access to additional occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) - each Australian State and Territory creates their own list from the STSOL)

Typically there are limited places for each occupation being sponsored by the different States and Territories. The best time to apply is in early July (NOW) as the planning numbers are reset for the new financial year.


Currently the following States and Territories are open for sponsorship applications:

- Immigration South Australia

- Live In Victoria

Site outage scheduled from Saturday (8 July) evening until Sunday (9 July) morning

Occupations removed:

Chemist 324211

Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 233611

Physicist 234914

Software and Applications Programmers nec 261399

Statistician 224113

- Migration Tasmania

NEW subclass 489 Sponsorship criteria introduced!

- Business and Skilled Migration Queensland

- Migration NT (Northern Territories)

- Canberra Your Future

Available from 10 July 2017

Skilled Migration Western Australia continues with its short list of health and medical professionals for the time being.


Before you apply for the state sponsorship you should check that your nominated occupation is on the relevant State/Territory occupation list and also take note of any new requirements from the State/Territory government.

If you need assistance to apply for the available occupations please contact Work Visa Lawyers to determine your eligibility to apply for state sponsorship. You are advised to apply while the occupations are still available.

On a separate note, the first SkillSelect invitation round for the 2017/18 fiscal year is scheduled for 12 July 2017.


This information is accurate on 07 July 2017


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