Changes in the Skilled Occupation List in Australia

Posted on: 28 Feb 2017  |   Tags: ,

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Recently there has been a lot of news and reports about the changes that have been made to the Skilled Occupation List of Australia. Be it in the newspapers or in the headlines in news shows in T.Vs, this topic has been widely discussed everywhere. For those of who have missed the changes that have been brought about in the Skilled Occupation List and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List, this article will be very helpful in keeping them upgraded with the new changes. The change that has occurred is that many occupations have been eliminated from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The same has happened to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List. If these changes are put into impact, then vital problems can arise for visa candidates.

52 occupations are supposed to be removed from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by the Department of Education and Training. Some of these occupations are chefs, specialized engineers, solicitors, barristers, cartographers, auditors, accountants, surveyors, medical research laboratory technologists, psychologist, psychotherapists, specialized medical practitioners, speech pathologists, radiographers, podiatrists, occupational therapists, marine transport specialists, etc. Just because the occupations are marked does not mean that they will certainly be eliminated. A maximum number of the flagged occupations of the year 2015-2016 were not removed. And, also, if the Skilled Occupation List is changed, it will probably be from the 1st of July 2017.

The impact of this change would be that the people in the occupations that have been marked as flagged will no more be suitable for the Graduate Work Stream of the Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa and Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. However, this change will not be applied if a person has already lodged his or her visa application before the change comes into effect. It is the best to apply for the skillful migration without any haste if someone’s occupation is on the flagged list. That would need a skills evaluation that might even take months so people should start working on it without any further delay.

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) has also been changed as certain occupations have been removed from this 457-program list too. Some of these occupations are Restaurant managers and café managers, developer programmers, chefs, marketing specialists etc. It is not confirmed yet as to which occupations might be eliminated.  The opposition Labour Party, because of pressure has been calling restrictions on the 457 program. The government will look at the list very soon just after the list is reduced.

The CSOL incongruent to the SOL can come into validity at any point in time. The 457 listing is same for Employer National Scheme Subclass 186 visa and Occupational Trainee Stream of the Training Subclass 407 Visa and if the list is reduced it would likewise impact these forms of visas. Those who want to apply for a type of 457 visas should start applying as quickly as possible so that they can evade from being impinged on by the alterations. Although it is not confirmed yet as to when the changes will come into effect, all visa applicants should complete their application process quickly so that the likelihoods of getting impinged on by whichever change in the future is minimal.

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