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Published on May 10th, 2010 | by

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Skilled Migration program – Offshore applications suspended until July

The Department of Immigration announced today that from the 8th of May
it is suspending all offshore applications for skills visas. This
means that they will no longer accept applications for the following
visa classes:

175 – Skilled Independent
176 – State or relative sponsored
475 – Regional sponsored

This suspension will remain in effect until the 30th June and is timed
to coincide with the introduction of a new Skilled Occupations List on
the 1st of July. In addition a number of states will be publishing
their new State Migration plans and it is widely anticipated that
changes to the points system will also be announced at this time. This
move has, in all probability, been triggered by the rising numbers of
applications coming in to the department as people seek to apply
before the rules are changed.



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