All set to apply for Permanent Residency in Australia. Well, hope you are aware of recent immigration changes announced by the Australian government.
Not exploring the Aussie immigration changes as yet?
Nevertheless, you are reading this; you will come to know about the most crucial change made by the Aussie government in Australia PR process. Although, the abolition of Subclass 457 Visa was also an important update, however, it is not linked with your Australian PR Journey. On April 19, 2017, Australian government has replaced its two popular occupation lists, i.e.
- Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and
- Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List.
(Note: With effect from April 19, 2017, Australian Government has replaced the old Occupation lists, i.e. SOL & CSOL with new Skilled Occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) & Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).
The visa applicants, eligible to nominate an occupation from STSOL, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL. Hence, both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined to form a new Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations and hence, there is no separate STSOL list.)
Let’s first understand the significance of these lists to understand what is important for you in this news of occupation lists.
Significance of Occupation lists
Australia doesn’t just invite the people randomly to come and work in Australia. There is an organised system in place to invite and allow the skilled migrants in the country. The applicants seeking PR in Australia first need to check and nominate an occupation in one of the occupation lists of Australia based on the visa category they want to apply. Candidates must have skills and experience matching their nominated occupation.
2 new Occupation lists and how to choose the relevant one to nominate an occupation
Here are the two newly launched lists, which have replaced the earlier SOL and CSOL
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) has replaced the earlier ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL). You must nominate an occupation from MLTSSL if you are applying for the visa categories:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)- Family nominated
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)– Graduate Work Stream.
Combined List of Eligible Occupations
The second list valid for nominating an occupation to apply for the visa is Combined List of Eligible Occupations. You require nominating an occupation an occupation in this Combined list of Eligible Skilled Occupations if you are applying for any of the following visa categories:
- Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – State or Territory Nominated
- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
- Training visa (subclass 407) – Nomination eligibility type 2 – Occupational training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
However, if you have not been following the Australia immigration changes since long, it is wise to hire a professional to get key help to complete the task of immigration.
Seek Professional help to apply for Permanent Visa in Australia
It’s wise to seek the professional help, especially in view of the recent immigration changes announced and implemented by the Aussie government. However, choose a MARA accredited Australia Immigration Consultant only for Australian immigration and PR process. This will help you in avoiding the fraudsters looking to make money from innocent visa applicants. For any professional help in Australia immigration and PR process, you may forward your queries and details to [email protected].
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