Must-read: Australian immigration changes for January and February 2018

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australian immigration changesA number of Australian immigration changes that you should know about were made at the start of 2018. Specifically, changes to the list of eligible skilled occupations and South Australia’s High Points category.

1. Eligible skilled occupation changes

On the 17th of January, the Australian Department of Home Affairs made official changes to occupations that appear on the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) as well as the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

This includes occupations that has been:

  • Added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations;
  • Moved between the STSOL and MLTSSL for particular visa programs; and
  • Removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations.

Occupations added to the list

The three occupations below has been added to the STSOL:

  • Property Manager
  • Psychotherapist
  • Real Estate Representative

Occupations moved between lists

The occupations below has been moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL:

  • Horse Breeder
  • Management Consultant

Occupations removed from the lists

The occupations below has been removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs:

  • Building Associate
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

Do these changes affect you?

The changes made by the Department of Home Affairs impact visa applications lodged on or after 17 January. If you lodged an application before this date, your application will not be affected.

2. South Australia’s State Nomination High Points category changes

The State Nomination High Points category has been successful in attracting high quality applicants to South Australia.

On 1 February 2018, South Australia’s High Points category increased to 85 points.

What does this mean?

Applicants who can achieve 85 points or higher (including state nomination points) in their points test can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the State Nominated Occupation List. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state nomination requirements to qualify.

Important to note…

Quotas apply to nominations in the High Points category. Once this quota is reached, applications under this category may be closed for certain occupations.

Book an assessment to see if you qualify

To find out if you qualify for South Australia’s High Points category, simply book an assessment with one of our immigration agents. Should your assessment show that you do qualify, we’ll explain how we can help you and make your dreams of moving to Australia a reality.

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