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Published on September 25th, 2009 | by john.weir

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Priority changes to Australian skilled migration visas

The Australian Immigration Department (DIAC) have announced a number of changes to the priority in which certain classes of skilled migrant visas are processed.

The changes announced, are  ” designed to better address the needs of industry by targeting skills in critical need across a number of sectors.” The majority of changes affect three key areas –

(i) Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

(ii) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

(iii) General Skilled Migration (GSM)Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

Most affected under the new rules are those people that have a sponsorship from a State or Territory Government for one of the skilled visas, but who do not have an occupation on the Critical Skills List. Most worrying of all, DIAC now say that unless your occupation is on the critical skills list (CSL), “ it is unlikely that your visa will be finalised before the end of 2012.”

A full list of the changes can be found here -, and there is bound to be a lot of comment and conjecture in the coming weeks as the states’ governments (who all run their own sponsorship programmes and who were evidently not consulted by the federal government) make their views known.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
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General Skilled Migration (GSM)

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