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Changes to General Skilled Migration

Thursday, July 02, 2015
As yesterday marked the first day of the 2015/16 Financial Year, a number of changes announced in the federal budget were implemented. The Government also released a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration. The main changes to note are that Panelbeaters and Cabinetmakers have been added and Dentists and Urban Planners were removed – these are now listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL). 

The occupation of Primary School Teacher was also removed from the CSOL for GSM. It is, however, still possible to apply for an employer-sponsored RSMS visa in this occupation.

More from The Australian:

“Cabinet makers and panelbeaters make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce,” Senator Cash said.

“There is a gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done.”

Urban and regional planners, dentists and dental specialists will be removed from the list. And barristers and solicitors, accountants, occupational health and safety, medical laboratory scientists and petroleum engineers could be scaled back. The number of accountants was reduced this year and few barristers are admitted.

The SOL applies to Independent points-based skilled migration, Family sponsored skilled visa applications, and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate Work stream.

To read the full article at The Australian, please click here.

Some State Governments also released new occupation lists for GSM State Sponsorship, with South Australia making changes to their English language requirements.

If you would like to speak with one of our Registered Migration Agents regarding your options for skilled migration, please contact us.

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English language standards for health professionals

Friday, June 26, 2015
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that new English language standards for registration will come into effect for migrating health professionals from 1 July 2015.

These new standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. 

These new standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas.

The new standards are different between dentists, medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, and other health professions. To check what the changes are to each individual profession, please click here

Frequently asked questions information for the above professions is available here.

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Simplified international student visa framework (SSVF)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash have announced the introduction of a simplified international student visa framework (SSVF), which will replace both the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements and the current Assessment Level Framework. The new system will come into place after June 2016.

More from Hon Christopher Pyne’s Joint Media Release: 

The changes will mean:
• a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two, and 
• the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.

Minister Cash said an improved approach to the administration of student visas as part of the SSVF will have clear benefits.  The overall integrity of the student visa programme will be maintained, and the improved regulatory arrangements will avoid placing unnecessary burden or cost on education providers.  

It will lay out a student’s financial and English language evidentiary requirements based on two things: the immigration profile of the student’s country of citizenship and of their education provider.  

A working group with international education sector stakeholders is being formed to guide implementation of the new framework on the expiry of SVP arrangements on 30 June 2016.

To read the full media release, click here

Further information on this is also available on the Department's website here.

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