Numerous changes are expected to take place in the Australian General Skilled Migration program as of 1st July 2017. The changes comprise of the following:
- The skilled occupation lists will be reviewed
- Multiple occupations via state sponsorship are likely to reopen
- The maximum age limit will be reduced from 49 to 44 for Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189
- Occupational Ceilings (Number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect per year) to be announced
Skilled Occupation List Review
As per usual expectations, the turn over into the new financial year will bring forth reviewed occupation lists for the Australian General Skilled Migration program. The revised Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and The Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be released on 1st July 2017.
Nominated State Sponsorship Occupations to Re-open
The state sponsorship program (Subclass 190 & 489) have either closed or restricted nominated occupations after reaching their quotas toward the tail-end of the financial year. The Australian states will reopen occupations after the 1st of July with refreshed quotas.
Applicants who have already processed their skill assessment and obtained required IELTS score are advised to lodge as soon as possible as it is highly likely that popular state nominated occupations will fill quickly.
Maximum Age Limit Change – Subclass 189
The Maximum age limit will be reduced from 49 to 44 for Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, effective as of 1st July 2017.
However, the change DOES NOT affect Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 or Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 where the maximum age limit will still remain at 49 years.
New Occupation Ceilings To Be Announced
Occupational ceilings constitute the maximum number of EOI Invitations that can be issued through the “SkillSelect” system for the year. The occupational ceilings only affect Skilled Independent Visa Sub 189 and Skilled Regional (Family Sponsored) Visa Subclass 489.
Note: Skilled Regional (Family Sponsored) Visa Subclass 489 and Skilled Regional (Provisional) 489 are two separate visas and not one in the same. Therefore, the latter will not be affected.
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