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Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List and more

28/07/2021BY Migrate2Oz

Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List and more

In this Blog you will find information on: •

  • Migration Program Skill Stream 2021-22
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
  • Global Talent Visa Program
  • Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)
  • Top ten reasons to move to Australia
  • A Note from one of our happily settled clients
  • What has the dollar done today?
  • Know someone?

Migration Program Skill Stream 2021-22

For the duration of 2021-22, the Migration Program Skill stream will continue to focus on visa subclasses which support Australia’s economic rebound from COVID-19. Priority will be given to visa categories that drive economic growth, job creation and investment into Australia.

The three priority categories within the Skill stream for 2021-22 are:

  • Business Innovation and Investment Program: Getting a better deal for Australia
  • Global Talent Visa Program
  • Employer Sponsored Program

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

Business Innovation and Investment Program changes

On 1 July 2021, changes are being introduced for the Business Innovation and
Investment Program (BIIP).

Further details of these changes have been published on Business Innovation and Investment Program: Getting a better deal for Australia.

Need more information?
For information about the requirements for BIIP visa applications and documents, enquire with us about:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132) visa

Global Talent (subclass 858) visa program)

There are two pathways in the Global Talent (subclass 858) visa program:

  • Global Talent pathway
  • Distinguished Talent pathway

The Global Talent pathway has a migration planning level of 15,000 allocated places in the 2021-22 program year. This pathway is for invited candidates who have demonstrated an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements in one of the ten priority sectors, and the ability to earn an income at or above the Fair Work High Income Threshold.

The Distinguished Talent pathway is also for exceptional and outstanding individuals, however is subject to longer processing times due to having only 200 places in the 2021-22 program year. Applicants who were not invited before lodgement of their visa application, will not be given priority processing under the Global Talent pathway.

For processing times for both pathways, contact Migrate 2 Oz today.

Global Talent pathway requirements

The Global Talent Visa Program is designed to complement, and not replicate, other Skilled Programs. This program is not for mid-level professionals or entry level academics. Candidates must demonstrate that they are amongst the brightest and best in their field in one of the priority sectors. Candidates who have skills of benefit to Australia, but are not industry or academic leaders should consider other
visa options.

As part of the online Expression of Interest, candidates must provide information about their identity, contact details, location, occupation, employer, salary, qualifications, details of their achievements in one of the priority sectors and their ability to contribute to Australia.

All fields must be completed in full and in English.
Expressions of Interest that do not provide complete information in the relevant field, and instead refer the reader to attached evidence, may be deprioritised or closed.

Nominator requirements

Candidates should also provide details of a nominator with a national reputation in the same sector as the candidate.

The nominator must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation. Candidates without evidence of a suitable nominator will have their Expression of Interest closed or experience significant delays in processing.

Examples of eligible nominators may include authorised representatives of peak industry bodies, departmental heads from relevant organisations or individuals with an exemplary record of achievement in the sector. We regularly verify information provided by nominators.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/skilled-visa-newsletters/june-2021

Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

On 22 June 2021, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, announced the inclusion of a range of additional skilled occupations to be added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, was developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 occupations in total. The 22 new occupations are:

  • Accountant (General)
  • Accountant (Taxation)
  • Accountant (Management)
  • External Auditor
  • Internal Auditor
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Chef

Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL are given priority processing. This will apply to existing and future applications and will allow businesses and migrants to have certainty that eligible nominations and applications will be assessed ahead of other applications.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/skilled-visa-newsletters/june-2021

Top Ten Reasons To Move To Australia

  1. Fresh Air
    Australia has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world.
  1. Unspoilt Nature
    Australia has a large variety of beautiful natural ecosystems. We have golden sandy beaches with clean water, tropical rainforests, arid deserts and snowy mountains. There are over 500 national parks in Australia and 14 world heritage areas.
  1. Multicultural Society
    Australia is truly a multicultural society. 43% of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Each year we celebrate our diversity on Harmony Day (21 March).
  1. Low population density
    Australia has the lowest population density of any continent in the world with only 6.4 people per square mile.
  1. Climate
    Australia has a temperate climate with mild weather all year round and more than its fair share of sunshine.
  1. Healthcare system
    Australia has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. Medicare provides basic health cover for all Australians and there is a private healthcare system as well.
  1. Job opportunities
    Australians pride themselves on perfecting a work-life balance. With a strong economy and low unemployment rate (around 5%) Australia is a good place to find a new job.
  1. Laid back lifestyle
    Australians have a reputation for being laid back and friendly and what’s more it is actually true. People are much more likely to give you the time of day in Australian cities compared with other cities around the world. There’s also a comparatively low crime rate.
  1. Great place to travel
    Australia is such a vast country that you can spend all your holidays exploring it. Domestic travel has it all from rainforests, beaches, to ski-resorts and stunning ancient landscapes. 
  1. Great opportunities for study
    Australia has an impressive number of study options for international students with more than 1,200 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from. Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind the UK and US even though we have a much smaller population than those countries.

Source: http://www.movingtoaustralia.com.au/top-15-tips/ten-reasons-to-move-to-australia/

A Note from one of our happily settled clients…

Hi Reuven

Thanks for your help yesterday, and it was good to catch up with you again.

Some thoughts on Darwin that might be useful for you to provide to anyone who's considering coming here on a state sponsored visa:

Darwin is a really great little city to live in.  It's very laid back and has a holiday town kind of vibe.  There's a lot going on, especially in the dry season (May-October).  Festivals, outdoor cinema, markets, etc.  Darwin was probably the place least affected by COVID in Australia, we've never had community transmission or real lockdowns or mask mandates.  I doubt there were many better places in the world to see out a pandemic.  There are some great restaurants and bars and pretty vibrant nightlife.  People are friendly and there's a very diverse population.   Because Darwin was flattened by a cyclone in 1974 a lot of the architecture is very 70s, there is none of the English / colonial styles you see in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, etc.

There's a lot to do around Darwin, especially for outdoor enthusiasts.  Fishing is big and there are two large parks nearby:  Litchfield, which is good for day trips and swimming in natural pools, and Kakadu, which is further away so is good for weekends.  That's where you'll see crocodiles on the river cruises.

The weather:  Darwin is hot, there's no doubt about that.  There are basically two seasons – the Wet (October-May) and the Dry.  The Wet is hot and very humid, with dramatic storms, rainfall and potential cyclones, although not since we've been here.  The Dry is hot and less humid, pretty much 32 degrees and sunny every day for 6 months.  There is no rain at all, which makes planning outdoor activities easy.

Cons:  The heat – you can't get away from it all year round, if you are the kind of person who likes to wear a jacket and wrap up in a blanket for part of the year then Hobart or Adelaide would be better regional options.  Swimming in the sea – you can't, because of the crocs and the stingers (box jellyfish).  The size – it is a small town, the whole of the NT has the population of a small Sydney suburb.  You will eventually run out of things to do and places to go.  The supposed crime – we've not experienced crime personally, but locals will complain about the “high" levels of crime, nothing much by South African standards.  Jobs – there are not a lot of job vacancies, although if you do have a skill that is in demand then you would get snapped up quickly as Darwin companies have trouble attracting people from other states.  I would recommend that anyone coming to Darwin either have a job offer or have a good idea of what is available.  There's also the option of working remotely, which is what I've been doing.

So, in summary, we've been very happy in Darwin and glad that we spent some time here before we move somewhere bigger.  It's certainly unique within Australia.

Cheers,

Colin

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