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Australia State Nomination – August 2017 Updates

If you are looking for Australia Immigration under General Skilled Migration program, State Nomination proves to be beneficial and leads to faster selection.

Recently, the State Migration Plans have undergone few changes announced by various states and territories.

Australia State Nomination Updates 2017:

Limitation to ACT Offshore Immigration

Effective from 23 August 2017, the ACT offshore immigration program is bounded with few limitations.

If you are applying overseas, you will need to mention “close ties” to the ACT, which could be in the form of:

  • A job offer under the nominated occupation in the ACT; or
  • Close family residing in the ACT for the last 12 months as an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

Candidates living in the ACT and students completed their Ph.D. program within the last 2 years from a University in the ACT can still apply for ACT nomination without any limitations.

Queensland Suspends Processing State Nominations in selected Occupations

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces on 21 August that they would temporarily suspend processing of nominations in selected occupations.

The suspension will be until further notice, so it is not yet clear if processing will recommence at some stage during the 2017-18 program year.

Occupations were removed in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • IT
  • Hospital and Retail Pharmacists
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Public Relations
  • Interior Designers
  • Insurance Agents

It is not yet clear if the suspension also applies to Ph.D. graduates from Queensland.

South Australia Program Filling Fast for Popular Occupations

South Australia has been very active in nominating applicants. There are a number of IT specializations which are now on the “Special Conditions Apply” list – this means that they are only available if you have close ties to South Australia:

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Other occupations which are now on the “Special Conditions Apply” list include:

  • 224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
  • 232311 Fashion Designer
  • 312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician

State nomination gives a huge advantage when it comes to applying for General Skilled Migration.

However, the requirements change quickly and opportunities may only be available for a short period of time.

Related Links:

SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA – SUBCLASS 189

SKILLED NOMINATED VISA – SUBCLASS 190

SKILLED REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA – SUBCLASS 489

MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST MLTSSL (2017-18)

SHORT-TERM SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST STSOL (2017-18)


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