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Australia Immigration Updates Sep 2020

Highlights:

  • Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has published the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
  •  Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulation 2020
  • 2020-21 State and Territory Interim Nomination Allocations

Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has published the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

 It includes 17 occupations from critical sectors roles in Australia’s COVID 19 response. Nomination and visa applications with an occupation listed on the PMSOL will be given priority processing. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority.
 
The list is temporary and is subject to change without prior notice.
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List. The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
 
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)(254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulation 2020

COVID‑19 concession period

Initial concession period

             (1)  The concession period is the period (the initial concession period) that:

                     (a)  commences on 1 February 2020; and

                     (b)  ends on a day specified by the Minister under subregulation (2).

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify a day for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b).

Later concession periods for the purposes of specified provisions

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine a period as a concession period for the purposes of a specified provision of these Regulations in which the expression “concession period” is used.

             (4)  The period must not begin before the initial concession period ends.

Subclass 887 (Skilled—Regional) Visas

Updates Summary:

  • During a concession period – make the application outside Australia;
  • Exemption the length of the time of the applicant lived in specified regional area;
  • 12 months full-time work in specified regional area reduce to 9 months with conditions

Subclass 188 / 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)) Visas

Updates Summary:

  • Subclass 188 visa holder can apply travel exemption to enter Australia during concession period.
  • Exemption the length of the time of the applicant lived in Australia with conditions.

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visas

Updates Summary:

  • During a concession period – make the application outside Australia;
  • Apply for 485 visa within 12 months from the time you completed your course (previously 6 months only).

2020-21 State and Territory Interim Nomination Allocations

A small number of places have been allocated to the States and Territories for Subclass 190 and 491 nominations and the Business Innovation and Investment classes up until the Federal Budget on 6 Oct 2020.

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