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Immigration SA Releases Occupation List – good for ICT Professionals, Trades and Enrolled Nurses; and other news

Immigration SA Releases Occupation List – good for ICT Professionals, Trades and Enrolled Nurses; and other news

 

More news in relation to the Australian migration programme in the new fiscal year! Here is an overview:

  • Immigration SA is the first to release its Occupation Lists for State Sponsorship
  • Amendments to the SOL and the CSOL (Dentists and Urban Planners take note)
  • Austrade becomes a nominator for the SIV programme

Immigration SA releases Occupation List

Immigration South Australia has published their occupation lists and will be accepting applications for state sponsorship on the 6 July 2015. All occupations are now listed as “High Availability” but it is expected that places for popular occupations will be filled up very quickly, especially since no other state or territory has published a new list of occupations for sponsorship. Here is a highlight of the SA occupation list:

  • All ICT occupations are available for sponsorship
  • Registered Nurses (nec), Enrolled Nurses and Mothercraft Nurses are available for sponsorship
  • Mining and Oil & Gas occupations are not on the list
  • Applicants who register 80 points or higher in the Skillselect pool can now access the Supplementary Skilled List

A reminder that Immigration SA now charges for processing a state sponsorship application. Read up in our previous news post about the fees applicable here. There are also updates to the English requirements.

On a separate note ACT (Canberra) will announce their occupation list in August 2015.

Amendments to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL)

There have been amendments to the SOL and CSOL, specifically:

  • Urban & Regional Planners, Dental Specialist and Dentists are removed from the SOL and moved to the CSOL – this means that these occupations now require state sponsorship
  • Panelbeater and Cabinetmaker are removed from the CSOL and moved to the SOL
  • Primary School Teacher is removed from the CSOL

Austrade becomes a Nominator for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV)

In addition to the Australian states and territories Austrade is now a nominator for the SIV programme. The application fee for nomination is A$ 1000 which is significantly higher than other states and territories. However applicants nominated by Austrade will be allowed to settle down in any part of Australia.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

Immigration SA is taking the lead in receiving new applications for state sponsorship in the new fiscal year. However the allocation numbers for SA are usually low so expect places to be filled up quickly. You should apply as soon as possible on the 6 July 2015. The new role of Austrade as a SIV nominator is also beneficial for applicants who do not have a preferred location for settlement as they will not be geographically restricted.

Work Visa Lawyers will bring you more updates as soon as they are announced.

This information is accurate on 2 July 2015

Source:

  1. http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/nomination-process/skilled-nomination-changes-1st-july-2015
  2. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
  3. https://www.austrade.gov.au/invest/doing-business-in-australia/significant-and-premium-investor-programmes/significant-and-premium-investor-visa-programmes?utm_campaign=Significant+and+Premium+Investor+Visa+Programmes_20150701&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ministerialannouncement_20150701

 

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Announced Changes from Immigration South Australia

Announced Changes from Immigration South Australia

 

Immigration SA has published a list of upcoming changes for the new financial year 2014-15. Here are the pending changes that will come into effect on 1 July 2015:

1) New State Occupation List

Applicants looking for South Australia state sponsorship will have to refer to the new occupation list on 1 July to determine eligibility and additional requirements.

2) New English Requirements

ICT occupations now need to fulfil Proficient English or an overall score of Proficient Plus English.

Engineering occupations will need to meet Competent Plus English or an overall score of Proficient English.

There will also be changes to other occupations so you will need to check the new occupation list to find out occupation-specific requirements.

3) Closure of the Online Application System

The SA application system for the 190 and 489 state sponsorship will be closed at 1 p.m. (Adelaide time) on 30 June 2015. The system will only re-open at 12 p.m. on 1 July 2015. All applications that are saved or submitted WITHOUT PAYMENT will be deleted and you will need to lodge new applications. Applications submitted on 1 July 2015 or after will be subject to new state sponsorship requirements.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

It is beneficial that Immigration SA has released a list of changes (although not complete) that will be in effect on 1 July 2015. This serves as a reminder to all who are looking to obtain SA state sponsorship to complete their applications and submit payment before the closure of the system. As there may be a rush for submissions near the closure, you are advised to complete the submission as early as possible before the closure date.

Source:

  1. http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/news-releases/revised-south-australian-state-occupation-list-from-1-july-2015

This information is accurate on 25 June 2015

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The South Australia Supplementary Skilled List provides more options for State Sponsorship

The South Australia Supplementary Skilled List provides more options for State Sponsorship

Immigration SA has announced the South Australian Supplementary Skilled List today which replaces the Graduate List. The Supplementary Skilled List contains 480 occupations, many of which that are not on the State Occupation List. The Supplementary Skilled List allows more occupations and different skilled workers to be sponsored by the South Australian state government. Applicants can access the Supplementary Skilled List if they:

  • graduated from studies in a South Australian education institute with at least one academic year of study
  • worked in a skilled occupation in South Australia for at least 12 months
  • have a immediate family member (permanent resident or Australian citizen) who has resided in South Australia for 12 months or more

You must still meet the state nomination requirements for factors such as age, skills assessment, work experience, English and financial capacity. For further information please visit the Immigration SA website.

This information is accurate on the 13 April 2015

Source:

Immigration SA

http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/International-graduates/international-graduate-occupation-and-waiver-requirements

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Immigration SA announces State Sponsorship Application Fees

Immigration SA announces State Sponsorship Application Fees

 

New Fees Applicable for Immigration SA State Sponsorship Applications

Immigration SA has announced that there will be fees chargeable for SA state sponsorship applications starting possibly as soon as 16 March 2015. Below is the email notification sent by Immigration SA:

As you know, migrants play an integral part in growing South Australia’s economy, by boosting productivity and strengthening our skills base.

To help ensure continued improvement in the assessment of applications, Immigration SA will introduce application fees later this year for both skilled and business State nomination applications.  We believe the introduction of fees will reduce the number of non-genuine applications, including duplications which slow processing times.

Immigration SA encourages prospective migrants to submit applications before application fees are introduced. Fees will come into effect after 15 March 2015. The actual implementation date will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The proposed fee structure is as follows:

 

Application Type

SA

Skilled migrants

State nominated skilled – 190 permanent

$200

State nominated skilled – 489 regional provisional

$200

Business migrants

Business 188 provisional

$500

Business permanent 888/892/893

$750

Business 132 permanent

$750

Business retiree 405

$500

SA Employers

Employer Nominated – RCB advice by State Government agency

Nil

The fees listed are GST exclusive, whether GST applies will be confirmed before fee introduction.

The introduction of fees will enable Immigration SA to continue to provide services for applicants who are looking to settle in South Australia.

No fee will be charged for local South Australian employer sponsored applications.

Immigration SA looks forward to working with you in 2015 to help contribute to South Australia’s social and economic growth.

Regards,
Immigration SA team

 

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer at Work Visa Lawyers:

It seems to be a regrettable trend that DIBP and State agencies are raising their fees.

In the short term, one response to the Immigration SA fees could be to try to lodge an application before the fees come into play, after the 15 March 2015.

Source:

Immigration SA Newsletter

http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=20d640fb2433c8647afb2f3b2&id=9cd137cbf4&e=74bc89fd9d

This information is accurate on the 22 January 2015.  DIBP and Immigration SA will change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application.

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Immigration SA announces changes to provide visa options for Vocational, Educational and Training graduates – good news for Enrolled Nurses, Cooks and more

Immigration SA announces changes to provide visa options for Vocational, Educational and Training graduates – good news for Enrolled Nurses, Cooks and more

South Australian International Vocational, Education and Training (VET) Graduates now considered for State Nominations

 

Effective from 23 December 2014, Immigration SA is including VET graduates as part of the state sponsorship programme for skilled migration visas subclass 190 and 489.  To be eligible VET graduates of South Australia will need to be:

  • Currently working for 12 months or more in their nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week); OR
  • Currently working for 6 months or more in their nominated or closely related occupation in a country region of South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week). The country region must be outside of Greater Adelaide.

The country region of South Australia is defined by postcode and you can explore the country regions on the Immigration SA website here.

What does this mean for you?

The expansion of the graduate list means that there are more opportunities for non-bachelor degree graduates to apply for permanent residence in South Australia.  To find out if the new changes are an opportunity for you, visit the Immigration SA website or contact us via the details below.

 

Source:

Immigration SA website

http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/news-releases/south-australian-international-vocational-education-and-training-vet-graduates-1

This information is accurate on the 2 January 2015.  DIBP and Immigration SA will change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application.

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