The General Skilled Migration – Overview
The visa subclass 189 is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers tested through points and who want to work and live in Australia. The subclass 189 visa is only intended for individuals who are not sponsored by an employer, family member or nominated by a state, territory Government.
How to apply for the visa?
To apply for this visa you would need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then wait to be invited through the SkillSelect program to apply. You can be in or outside Australia while you apply and while the visa is granted.
What is the visa subclass 189?
This is a permanent residence visa. That allows you and any of your family members who have also been granted this visa:
- To stay in Australia indefinitely
- To work and study in Australia
- To enrol in a Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- To apply for an Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- To be able to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- To travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time you would need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)
Skilled Occupations List (SOL) 2017/2018 Review
The Department of Education and Training is accountable for providing advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the arrangement of the SOL. The SOL identifies the occupations that would benefit from the skilled migration program for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skills required in the Australian economy.
The suitability of occupations for presence on the Skilled Occupations List is assessed through two-steps.
- The first step involves identifying occupations that are most liable to supply restraints (e.g. due to the time is taken to develop necessary skills).
- The second step involves assessing the medium of long-term skills required to build the economy for each occupation that is identified in step one as well as to determine if the occupation would benefit from skilled migration.
Each year a number of occupations have been removed and added to the SOL which is set to take effect on the 1st of July 2017. The number of occupations removed is almost certainly to exceed the number of occupations added this year. Submissions for SOL 2017-18 is now closed and wide reviewing is now underway.
The 2017-18 Skilled Occupations List to come into effect on the 1st of July 2017.
Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 were:
- Orthoptist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
- Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).
Occupations removed from the SOL on the 1st of July 2016 were:
- Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
- Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
- Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
- Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
- Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
- Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
- Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
- Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
- Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).
The following occupations were highlighted for removal during the last review:
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224511 Land Economist
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners NEC
272399 Psychologists NEC
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
What should you be doing?
If you intend to apply for the subclass 189 visa and note that if your occupation is listed as flagged, it is important for you to ensure that you lodge your expression of interest via SkillsSelect and wait to receive an invitation to apply for the 189 visa prior to the 1st of July 2017 as it is likely (though not a guarantee) that the above occupations will be impacted as a part of the current review. It is also not uncommon for the occupations that are not flagged to be removed as part of the reviewing process.
As with any other visa subclass, there are criteria’s applicable at the time of application which you would need to meet in order to secure a favourable application outcome.