Latest News: BSMQ Open Queensland State Nomination Program

A flash release issued by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces that, for a very brief window of time, the state has reopened its business and skilled program – albeit, restricted to decision-ready applicants in COVID-19 priority areas. The program will be open strictly from Tuesday 29th September 2020 until Monday 5th October 2020 […]

Considerations for Medical Students Nearing Completion of their Medical Studies

The Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the body responsible for administering registration requirements for a broad number of medical fields. Regrettably, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on current students, placing practical restrictions upon the ability of potential graduates; restrictions which, through no fault of their own, prevent them from being able to […]

Changes to Citizenship Test from November 15th 2020

Prior to being accepted as an Australian Citizen most applicants, who were between the ages of 18 and 59 years at the time of application, are required to pass a Citizenship Test. An appointment for this test will be offered following an initial interview. It is a test designed to show that applicants have A […]

Outcomes of the 2019 – 2020 Migration Program

On September 16th, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, released published outcomes from the 2019-2020 Migration Program. For the given period, this release illustrated a total permanent migration intake of 140,366. Seventy percent of these visas (95,843 in total) were granted through the skilled stream, […]

IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE – Interim Allocations List

To be reviewed upon release of Federal Budget on October 6th 2020 The Department of Home Affairs has released its schedule of the current interim allocations for each State and Territory, covering visa subclasses 190, 491 (489) and the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). These allocations will remain in place until the Federal Budget […]

New Priority Skills List and Strengthened Labour Market Testing Requirements

The Australian Department of Home Affairs via its operational arm, the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) has announced the introduction of a new Priority Skills List, together with strengthened labour market testing requirements. Released on September 2nd 2020, upon joint instruction from the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural […]

Victoria’s Skilled Nomination Program Opens September 8th 2020

Recently announced by the Victorian government, with detailed information available through its “Live in Melbourne” website, the state will be opening its 2020/21 Victorian Skilled Visa program (subclasses 190 and 491) from Tuesday 8th September, 2020. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has however necessitated some changes to acceptance criteria, which will now be focused upon occupations […]

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List – Update September 2020

Officially released on September 2nd and supplementing its existing migration occupation lists, the Australian government has provided a priority list of 17 specific occupations (PMSOL) which it considers essential, in order to fill urgent needs in critical sectors, required to assist in the creation of Australian jobs and the rebuilding of the nation’s economy. The […]

2020 – 2021 Program Update from Migration Tasmania

Following a directive from The Department of Home Affairs, relating to allocations of subclass 491, 190, 188 and 132 visa nominations, the Tasmanian government, through Migration Tasmania, has confirmed that until the Federal Budget is handed down in October 2020, all new and existing nominations will be subjected to the following priority considerations: High-quality subclass […]

IMMIGRATION NEWS – ACT Critical Skills List

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is leveraged towards providing support for public health responses, with the aim of bolstering the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This criterion was again evident when the ACT recently released its Critical Skills List for the Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa and the Skilled […]