491/190 visas: WA adds VET course to Graduate Occupation List, job offer and employment experience reduced

491/190 visas: WA adds VET course to Graduate Occupation List, job offer and employment experience reduced

Last week the Premier of Western Australia announced that the requirements for international student graduates to be nominated for a Subclass 190 – Skilled - Nominated visa or a Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa would be reduced along with adding trade occupation to their Graduate Occupation List so local graduates of vocational education (VET) courses can also apply.

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Skilled Migration Occupation List review commenced…major changes ahead?

Skilled Migration Occupation List review commenced…major changes ahead?

Yesterday the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business commenced a review of the skilled migration occupation lists, due to be completed in March 2020. This will be the fourth review by the department since the skilled occupations lists were deemed unresponsive on 18 April 2017, the day it was announced that Subclass 457 – Temporary Worked (Skilled) visa would be abolished. Will there be any substantial changes arising from this review?

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2019-20 Migration planning levels; SA’s push for migrants; historic GSM and business skills nomination ceilings

2019-20 Migration planning levels; SA’s push for migrants; historic GSM and business skills nomination ceilings

While it was known that Australia’s permanent migration intake would be cut from 190,000 to 160,000 starting in the 2019-20 program year, which visa categories will suffer more can now be determined. Also, a recent Freedom of Information request shows why South Australia requested more migration places and what the nomination ceilings were for each State and Territory for General Skilled Migration and business skills visas.

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Analysis: 491, 494 and 191 visas, the new kids on the block

Analysis: 491, 494 and 191 visas, the new kids on the block

Comprehensive analysis of the policy and ramifications behind the new regional skilled visas: the Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, the Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, and the permanent Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, which will come into effect from 16 November 2019.

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