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Move to South Australia release occupation list and nomination requirements for 190 and 491 visas!

Move to South Australia release occupation list and nomination requirements for 190 and 491 visas!

Move to South Australia released one of the longest Occupations List for 491 and 190 visas.

Move to South Australia (Move to SA) released its Skilled Occupation List for 491 and 190 visas on 4 February 2021. The list is the longest among all the states; it covers 23 categories with hundreds of occupations.

Move to SA will started accepting application from Sat, 8 February 2021.

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State & Territory Nominations Latest updates for 190 and 491 visas - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT and SA

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As to today (11 December 2020), the states and territories have received allocations of places for skilled migration and business visa nominations. Some states and territories have made annoucements on their websites. Here are the updates: 
 

NOMINATION LEVELS ALLOCATED FOR 2020-21:

State and Territory nominated visa allocations
StateSkilled Nominated (Subclass 190) VisaSkilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visaBusiness Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 802 598 30
NSW 3,550 2,800 2,200
VIC 2,500 1,043 1,750
QLD ​1,000 1,250 1,200
NT 500 500 75
WA 1,100 340 360
SA 1,500 1,850 1,000
TAS 1,000 1,400 45
Total 11,952 9,781 6,660

 


Victoria State Nomination update 05 February 2021 

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Victoria Business Nomination opened on 4th January 2021 - 188 visa and 132 visa

Business innovation and investor visa nomination applications (subclass 188A, 188B, and 188E streams and subclass 132A and 132B streams) opened to new applications on 4th January 2021. Significant Investor (subclass 188C) visa nominations were opened on 30 November 2020 in Victoria. 

 

Victoria Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

Victoria opened its Skilled visa nomination program on 5th January 2021 for Subclass 491 and Subclass 190 visas.

To be considered for selection for Subclass 491 you must:

  • already be living in Victoria
  • already be working in Victoria - Minimum 3 months employment 
  • Be working in highly skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food or digital sectors

To be considered for selection for Subclass 190 you must:

  • already be living in Victoria
  • already be working in Victoria - Minimum 6 months employment 
  • Be working in highly skilled occupation in health, medical research or life sciences

2020-21 Skilled Migration Visa Nomination Program - Live in Melbourne

At present Victoria has opened State nominations for onshore applicants only. 

 

New South Wales Nomination 2020-21 Financial Year Update 05 February 2021 

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NSW government has accnounced they have received final nomination allocation for FY20-21 from the Department of Home Affairs.

190 visa nominations

Invitation rounds for subclass 190 visa nomination are still ongoing. In line with Home Affairs' direction, NSW will only invite applicants currently in selected health, ICT and engineering occupations, and who currently reside in NSW.

NSW is currently working from reduced skilled occupation lists at Home Affairs direction. The occupations NSW is currently nominating for the subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas can be found below. These lists are subject to change without notice: 
133211 Engineering Manager
134211 Medical Administrator
134212 Nursing Clinical Director
134214 Welfare Centre Manager
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
233999 Engineering Professionals nec
254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
254499 Registered Nurses nec
261111 ICT business Analyst
261112 Systems Analyst
261311 Analyst Programmer
261312 Developer Programmer
261313 Software Engineer
262112 ICT Security Specialist
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician
312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec
 

491 visa nominations

 
Invitation rounds for subclass 491 visa nomination are still ongoing. In line with Home Affairs' direction, NSW will only invite applicants currently in selected health, ICT and engineering occupations, and who currently reside in NSW. Please find the occupations for NSW 491 at the end of this blog as to 05 February 2021. 

Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices will begin assisting NSW Treasury manage the subclass 491 visa in early February 2021.

On 17 November 2020, NSW has annouced new Subclass 491 state nomination requirements for the remainder of the financial year. Changes include adding Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices to assit NSW treasury with NSW sucbclass 491 nominating applications & three streams to get NSW nomination (1.Living and working in regional NSW; 2. Recently completed study in regional NSW; 3. Living and working outside of regional NSW) 

If you want to know more about NSW 491 visa nomination criteria, please find out in our recent blog: 
NSW announced updated 491 state nomination requirements/ Including new opportunities for offshore 

Business visa program 

NSW will begin accepting direct applications in early February 2021 for all Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) streams, and the Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) Significant Business History stream.

South Australia State Nomination is Open 

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As to 14 December 2020, SA government had anounced they received final nomination allocation for FY20-21 from the Department of Home Affairs. 

Immigration SA has opened State nomination applications for Subclass 491 and 190 Skilled Migrants - Nomination Options | Move to South Australia (migration.sa.gov.au)

South Australia's skilled occupation list as updated on 5th February 2021 can be found here South Australia's Skilled Occupation List | Move to South Australia (migration.sa.gov.au)

Every occupation in the occupation list has particular requirements as provided in the list itself.

Direct applications for state nominations for skilled visas will start from 8th February 2021.

South Australia continue processing 190/491 & Business visa EOI - NEW SA occupation lists & criteria in late November 2020

Move to South Australia Update

South Australia has released information about its new nomination procedure and change of name from "Immigration SA" to "Move to South Australia".

Read more here: https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/move-to-south-australia-replaces-immigration-sa-requirement-changes.html

 

Australian Capital Territory State Nomination Pending for Final Allocations 

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The next Canberra Matrix invitation round is expected to be held on or before 19 February 2021, pending on the final 2020/21 allocation of nomination places.

Applicants will be eligible only if you are Canberra residents and your occupations are on the ACT Critical Skills List (updated ACT Critical skills list as on 5th February 2021 is available at ACT Critical Skills List - Migrating - Canberra - Create your future (canberrayourfuture.com.au)

To be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa, you will need to be working in ACT full-time for at least 26 weeks.

To be eligible for a Subclass 491 visa, you will need to be working in ACT part-time for at least 13 weeks.

Latest round State Nomination round in ACT: 

2020-21 ALLOCATION OF ACT NOMINATION PLACES

  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 598 places
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 802 places

REMAINING ALLOCATION @ 1 FEBRUARY 2021

  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 533 places
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 508 places

INVITATION ROUND: 5 February 2021  - Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 190 nomination: Nil
  • 491 nomination: 121 Invitations

ACT Critical Skills List

ACT has removed a few occupations from its list, e.g. Electronic Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Communication Engineer and Web Designer, etc. 

Caps will also be placed to all occupations each month, from 5 places to 20 places. ICT professionals have the most places, followed by construction project managers and medical and health professionals. 

 

ACT nominations are currently closed for offshore applicants.

Tasmania State Nomination Remain Open 

Tasmania skilled migration state nomination program for Subclass 491 and 190 visas opened on 29 January 2021.
Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa - Migration Tasmania

SUBCLASS 491 NOMINATIONS

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (IN TASMANIA):

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN TASMANIA):

  • Demonstrate establishment and operation of business in Tasmania for atleast 6 months
  • Provide a comprehensive business plan 

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (OUTSIDE TASMANIA):

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for offshore applicants - BY INVITATION ONLY:

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for offshore applicants - WITH JOB OFFER:

 

SUBCLASS 190 NOMINATIONS

Subclass 190 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (IN TASMANIA):

 

Business visa nominations fro Subclass 188/888 and Subclass 132 are open.

Subclass 188/888 – Business Innovation and Investor - Migration Tasmania

Subclass 132 - Business Talent - Migration Tasmania

Here is the updated TSOL as on 5th February 2021: Tasmanian_Skilled_Occupation_List_-_January_2021_020221.pdf (migration.tas.gov.au)

 

 

North Territory State Nomination update 

 

North Territory State Nomination Changes as on 5th February 2021 

North Territory government has announced they have received final nomination allocation for FY20-21 from the Department of Home Affairs. They have started issuing state nomination to those successful nomination applicants who submited their EOI before 01 December  2020. 

NT has opened 491 and 190  nominations for onshore applicants.

Here is the updated NT Nomination list as on 5th February 2021 Northern Territory Migration Occupation List | Australia's Northern Territory (theterritory.com.au)

Offshore applications are still closed.

QUEESLAND State Nomination as on 5th February 2021

Queensland government has accnounced they have received final nomination allocation for FY20-21 from the Department of Home Affairs.

BSMQ Skilled program is now open from 01 February – 07 February 2021. The next skilled opening after this week will be in April 2021.

Queensland State nomination for 491 visa:

  • Only onshore applicants will be considered
  • open to COVID critical skill or sectors as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs 
  • should have been working for a minimum of 3 months in a regional location in Queensland
  • have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer 

Queensland State nomination for 190 visa:

  • Only onshore applicants will be considered
  • open to 17 occupations on PMSOL
  • should have been working for a minimum of 6 months in Queensland
  • have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer 

Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) - BSMQ (migration.qld.gov.au)

QLD business program is now OPEN from 10 December 2020. 

QLD will first assess EOI from 29 September 2020 to 05 October 2020, then from 6 October – 9 December 2020, and finally 10 October 2020 onwards. 

Western Australia State Nomination

 

WA is open for state nominations for Subclass 491 and Subclass 190 visas.

 

General Stream 

  • Occupation in WASMOL (western Australia Skilled migration occupation list)
  • Have full time employment contract for 12 months

https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/general-stream-requirements

Graduate Stream

  • Occupation on GOL (Graduate occupation list)
  • Have completed CERT III or higher education in WA

https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/graduate-stream-requirements

WA Skill occupation list: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/occupation%20lists

Applicants nominating an occupation that is 'Regional WA only' should provide evidence of job offer in post codes 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770 only. Perth and Mandurah are not considered under regional areas.

 

At Work Visa Lawyers, we are always doing our best to be up to date with developments.  Being active members of the MIA, the peak professional body for RMAs and Immigration Lawyers, the Law Society of South Australia, the Law Council of Australia, the Australia China Business Association (ACBC) and Business SA, is part of our commitment in staying informed with the latest in Australian immigration.

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2020-21 NSW Subclass 491 Occupation List updated on 15 December 2020 

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NEW DAMA Changes for South Australia – New occupations added – PR pathway

NEW DAMA Changes for South Australia – New occupations added – PR pathway

 

South Australia has recently introduced the amended Designed Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) which has become easier and cheaper for DAMA visa applicants.

A great PR pathway for those who seek concessions for:

  • English Language
  • Age Requirement
  • Permanent Residence Pathway
  • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)
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2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

On 06 October 2020, Australian government has handed down the federal budget 2020 which is to recover the Australian economy.  2020/2021 migration planning level has also been released shortly after the federal budget announcement.  

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Highlights

  • Australia’s net Migration remain the same
  • Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) allocations have been tripled
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) allocations have been doubled

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Australian Migration Planning Level

In 2020 – 2021, the planning level for visas will remain at 160,000 places.

 

Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)

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The Australian government will focus on attracting highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia in this calendar year. The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) has been allocated to 15,000 places for 2020-2021.

If you believe you are eligible to apply for a GTI, take only 5 minutes to complete our free online GTI assessment form. Our lawyers and registered migration agents will assess your eligibility and get back to you soon.

 

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) has increased to 13,500 places.

In 2019 - 2020, the number of BIIP was 6862.  It has increased by 6638 places in this calendar year, which has been almost doubled in comparison with the allocations in the past year.  

Business Innovation and Investment program includes:

 

Business innovation and Investment Program will also be targeted at Australian venture capitals and emerging small and medium size businesses to support the economic recovery. 

Try our free online business visa assessment tool to determine your business visa options:

https://businessvisacompare.com.au/ 

 

Family Stream & Partner Stream

The Family stream planning level has been allocated to 77,300 places in which 72,300 places are allocated for partner category which occupies 93.53% of the family stream allocations.

This leaves 5000 places for parent child and other family migration.  

 

General Skilled Migration - 189, 190 and 491

It is disappointing news for those that are looking to do 189, 190 and 491 visas or Employer Sponsored Permanent residency visas.

With increases to GTI, Family and Business, then there will be less places available for 189, 190 and 491 and also for employer sponsored 186. 

Australian government will increase places for above three categories Family & Partner stream, Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) & Global Talent Independent Program (GTI). This also means there are Skilled Migration Program will decrease around 30,000 places.  

We understand that a drop in GSM numbers will be very disappointing for many, who have gone to the expense and effort to get their English tested and skills assessments done. 

 

Migration planning level 2019/2020 Versus 2020/2021 

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Visa Application Charge (VAC)

Certain visa holders who are unable to travel to Australia due to COVID 19 Pandemic, you may be eligible to:

  • Refund VAC
  • Waive VAC
  • Extend visa period

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2020-2021 Migration Updates coming soon – Federal Budget 2020 announcement tonight!

2020-2021 Migration Updates coming soon – Federal Budget 2020 announcement tonight!

Click the following blog for the information about the most recent changes annouced: 2020/2021 Migration Latest Updates

 

Tonight, the federal government will provide more details to allocate funding towards services and programs for the country for 2020 -2021 financial year.

The Federal budget 2020 will deliver an economic recovery plan in which Australian migration will be a key component.


Highlights

  • Australian government will announce the Federal Budget 2020 tonight

  • Migration program planning levels will be announced tonight

  • Australian states & territories General Skilled Migration (GSM) will open soon

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