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Changes to skilled migration lists effective 1 July 2015

9 July 2015

Cabinet makers and panelbeaters have been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) under the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) while urban and regional planners, dentists and dental specialists have been removed from the list and instead added to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). What do these changes entail?

The Government's SOL migration program is only relevant for:

  • independent points-based skilled migrants not nominated by a state or territory government agency
  • migrants entering under a Family Sponsored Points Tested visa
  • migrants applying for Temporary Graduate visas (subclass 485) - Graduate Work stream

The number of migrants accepted for each SOL listed occupation is capped.

Migrants entering the country whose occupation is listed in the CSOL have a differing set of options available to them:

  • points-based skilled migrants nominated by a state or territory government agency under a State Migration Plan
  • migrants applying for Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL
  • migrants applying for Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • migrants applying for Training and Research visa (subclass 402)

For more information please contact:

Tony Hogarth | Partner (MARN 9357386)
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0369
f +61 7 3224 0333
thogarth@mullinslaw.com.au

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