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Published on June 17th, 2012 | by john.weir

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Australian government make changes to skilled migration lists

Two important announcements from DIAC this past week – the annual update to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been released and the pass mark for the skilled visa points test has been lowered. Both these changes enter force on 1 July and will only affect new applications lodged from this date onwards – not applications lodged up until 30 June.

The lowering of the points test pass mark from the current 65 to 60 is great news and means even more hopeful migrants will be eligible to apply for Australian permanent residency on a skilled visa. The DIAC press release for this can be found at – http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/media_releases/1063

The annual SOL (Schedule 1) update sees 4 new occupations added and 4 occupations removed. Therefore the SOL remains at 192 occupations in total. The SOL (Sch 1) is the list of occupations eligible for a skilled visa without sponsorship from an Australian state or territory government. These occupation changes are:

Additions to the SOL
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
234912 Metallurgist
251411 Optometrist
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Removals from the SOL
234211 Chemist
252711 Audiologist
331111 Bricklayer
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler

The DIAC announcement regarding this can be found at – http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/updated-sol.pdf

The DIAC website also states that “Information about the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List will be available shortly on the department’s website”. This new Consolidated List that also takes effect from 1 July rolls into one three existing lists – the current Skilled Occupation List (Schedule 2), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Occupation List and Subclass 457 Occupation List.

The SOL (Sch 2) is the list of occupations that each state/territory government can choose from to decide which occupations they respectively sponsor through their individual State Migration Plans. The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List will now perform this function as well as list the eligible occupations for permanent employer sponsorship (on an ENS visa) and temporary employer sponsorship (on a subclass 457 visa.)

It is likely that the four occupations being removed from the SOL (Sch 1) will be on the new Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List.

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