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General Skilled Migration –  Updated 2017-18 Skilled Occupations List

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:

  1. Orthoptist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  2. Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations removed from the SOL on the 1st of July 2016 were:

  1. Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  2. Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  3. Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  4. Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  5. Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  6. Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  7. Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  8. Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  9. 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
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Value
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
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
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Pediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners NEC
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists NEC
351311 Chefs
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright


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.


General Skilled Migration – An important update from the South Australian Government

According to the review of the General Skilled Migration of 2017 to 2018 that is in good and accurate motion with the South Australian Government after releasing their latest update.
From 9am onwards according to the (Australian Central Standard Time) on the 19th of April 2017, the recruitment procedures for the high points nominations would increase from 80 to 85 points. The change is in response to the entire quota being achieved under the existing 80 points recruitment program.
The following changes will not affect applications that will be lodged prior to this time. The applications received for the high point’s nomination after this time will be rejected if they do not comply with the points required that are 85.

The high points and chain migration eradications

Effective proximately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List will no longer be available for the high points or the chain migration nomination:
• 221111 Accountant (General)
• 223111 Human Resource Adviser (will not be available for high points since 02/09/2016)
• 225113 Marketing Specialist
• 225412 Sales Representative (for Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
• 242111 University Lecturer
• 242112 University Tutor
• 251511 Hospital Pharmacist
• 251513 Retail Pharmacist
These changes would not affect any applications lodged prior to 1 pm on the 5th April 2017. Applications for any of these occupations lodged after this time will be declined if the applicant is applying for high points or chain migration nomination.
The Australian Government is expecting other States to release a further update in the lead to 1st of July 2017 release of the updated Skilled Occupations List.

What should you be doing?

If you are planning to lodge a subclass 189/190 application, you should vigorously seek to ensure that you would be able to meet the “time of application” criteria such as skill assessment, English language and any other applicable criteria. At the same time as submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will not guarantee an ‘Invitation To Apply’ for the subclass 189/190 visa, there may be a transitional arrangement such as the ones listed above which could be quite favourable to your personal circumstances.

Updates on Making Visa Applications for Australia


February is expected to be generally a quiet month for migration, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have nevertheless made a number of important changes to the arrangements which may impact the current and prospective visa applicants as well as visa holders.

Potential, as well as existing visas applicants, should review the changes being made and having an appropriate discussion with a migration agent whether any of the changes impact their initial immigration strategy.

Future applicants – Approved forms

The important updates have been released that specify the approved forms, classes of applicants, and the places and manner for making an application for the following visas:

  • Investor Retirement (Class UY) visa;
  • Retirement (Temporary) (Class TQ) visa;
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Class GA) visa;
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (Class GD) visa;
  • Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa; and
  • Training (Class GF) visa.

Current Visa Holders – Amendments to cancellation powers

The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017. An Act to made amendments that relate to the visa cancellation powers.  

Working Holiday Visa Applicants – Changes to eligible countries – Vietnam

This instrument amends the Arrangements for the Work and Holiday and Working Holiday Visa Applications 2017/003 to specify that Vietnam is an eligible country, enabling the Vietnamese passport holders to make an application for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, specifies for the Vietnamese candidates the place and manner for making an request for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, and specify the educational qualifications to be held by a Vietnamese candidate at the time their application.

The Visitor’s Visa Applications – Changes to Schedule 1

The new instrument specified, for candidates of a Visitor (Class FA) visa, the approved forms, places and the manner for making applications, and the travel agents that must be used by an applicant intending to travel to Australia from the People’s Republic of China as a member of an organised tour.

The Subclass 461 visa – Changes to Schedule 1

This change is of a particular importance as it makes the amendments to schedule 1 criteria (i.e. lodgement procedures). The new instrument also specifies new arrangements for Other Family Visa Applications and New Zealand (Family Relationship) Visas.

The Subclass 408 visa – Further information on the criteria relevant to the grant

The new instruments would now specify matters for the making of an application for a Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa and other particular criteria’s relevant to the grant of the corresponding Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa.


Australia to Replace Passports with Face Recognition & Fingerprints this Year

The worlds-first, a new self-processing system will be set to replace passports with facial recognition at Australian airports.

In a proposal to avoid the long time-consuming paperwork procedures that the staff take while processing and to quicken and simplify the processing time for travellers, the Australian government is introducing a self-processing system at its major airports and sea ports this 2017.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently seeking proposals for a self-processing system which will use the fingerprints, facial or IRIS recognition in the place of paperwork.

The plan is to introduce this new system by the end of the year, to begin in Canberra which has a limited amount of international flights coming in and flying out and later on roll out the procedure across the country. The plan has been said to be completed developed by March 2019 where 90% of the travellers would be able to avail the service.

The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said this new system will also boost the security of the nation’s border and it would be easier to detect threats.


How would this benefit the travellers?


  • The system reduces the time taken to get through from customs.
  • This would make it easier for foreign nationals to enter the country without a rush to be first in line.
  • People will have to carry their passports but the foreign nationals will not have to present their passports in the long term at all.
  • This would make it safer for citizens to travel and live in Australia.
  • People wouldn’t have to look for paper work while standing in a Que at the clearance booths.
  • Travel with a free mind of enjoying without worrying about whether you picked up the papers or not. ”Or do I have the papers in my bag or in the suitcase worries”.
  • Make it easier to enter and leave the country.
  • The lesser rate of criminal activity in the country.


How does this benefit the country?


  • The new system will introduce a boost into the security of the country and make it easier to detect threats.
  • The system will be more reliable than people scanning passports manually.
  • This would help track detections of people that might come into the country to do the wrong thing.
  • This would boost the countries tourism.
  • Make it easier for the country to track citizens from the time they arrive in the country.
  • Make it easier to enter and leave the country.



Visa Processing Time To Be Available Online

With the recent launch of the visa processing time being available for applicants to check it out themselves, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection made an announcement stating that the information will be available online for most visa and citizenship types and could be found on the visa and citizenship page of their website DIBP website, as well as on visa finder.

With the outcome of this people could benefit by the following ways:


  • You can see up-to-date information
  •  This would give you an idea as to how long it will take you and help you plan accordingly.


How does this work?


  • The estimated processing time will be updated regularly to redirect current caseloads at different visa processing locations.
  • There would be two processing times depending on the subclass you have chosen which would probably indicate how long it may take to finalise 75% and 90% of the applications globally.
  • This would completely depend on the supporting documents being that have been submitted with an application.


How can I help in gaining an accurate estimate?


An applicant must lodge a complete application but it is important to know that the actual processing time it may take may vary depending on the individual’s circumstances as well as the right documentation being submitted.


Other things that can affect the time it takes to be accurate


  • It may be affected by the time it takes to receive information from the external parties such as the:
  • Health
  • Character
  • National Security
  • Assurance of Support requirements.

The time taken to process an application may also be affected by:


  • The number of places available in the migration program
  • And if there is an increased number of applications during the peak season.
  • Applications are assessed on a case by case basis and the processing time can vary due to general individual circumstances.



For other and full advice on the migration process, do book a consultancy with our advisors. We  would be pleased to guide or leave us a message at our website user friendly chat box we would be right there to assist you.



Skill Select Update Australia


The Pro Rata Occupations are likely to be filled by the end of April. So if you haven’t applied yet its best if you do now.

The results for the SkillSelect invitation round for the 15th of March have already been published. Two of the most chosen occupations have filled in during the 15th March round. There were more invitations issued than the number available at the time of selection. And with upcoming updates on the temporary 457 visas the chances of getting jobs are getting tougher in Australia.

The occupations are:

  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • Computer Network Professionals


This is the list of occupations likely to be filled in the next few rounds:

After looking at the number of pro rata occupations list being filled at a fast rate, here are the next occupations that have been expected to fill up:


29th of March

  • ICT Business and System Analysts


12th of April

  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Accountants
  • Software and Applications Programmers


26th of April

  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers


Can I apply if the occupations have been filled early?



What are the consequences if the occupations fill in too early?


This would increase a backlog of applications that have been lodged by applicants all over the globe. Making it difficult to get through with EOIs through skill Select, and those who apply after that may have to wait for a substantial amount of time to receive the invitation. This would all fall through if the invitations are not issued between April 2017 and July 2017.


How do I increase my chances of getting into the Pro Rata Occupations list?


Here are a few tips that may help you get into the right occupation as well as out beat the competition you are going to be facing:


  • Increase your point score: this will significantly increase your chances and give you a boost when it comes to being a part of the SkillSelect Program.
  • Consider working hard towards multiple fields in other occupations: this could be based on the kind of qualification and experience you already have, or are looking forward to pursuing further studies in a different field.
  • Try other visa types that you may eligible for: you may have a good chance to be eligible if you fit the visa criteria for employer sponsorship or sponsorship by a family member.
  • Getting State Nominated: occupation ceiling do not apply as the same for state nominations, which would increase the chances of you getting into the SkillSelect program with ease if you have the right skill set.


For other and full advice on the migration process, do book a consultancy with our advisors. We  would be pleased to guide or leave us a message at our website user friendly chat box we would be right there to assist you.

Top courses to study in Australia

Here are few of the top courses to study in Australia:

  • MBA
  • Engineering
  • Accounting and finance
  • Sports management
  • Hospitality and Tourism management


What is the eligibility criteria?


English language requirement:


You must provide results of an English language test. The level of skill required is determined by an institute or by your student visa application.


Academic requirements:


  • English language – entry requirements may vary between institutions, and according to the level of English course you would like to study
  • Schools – the entry requirement may vary between schools depending on the state or territory you would be studying in. This is generally considered during the application process
  • Vocational education and training – most cases do not have entrance exams for VET institutions. Though some institutes may have pre- requisite subjects or work-experience requirements
  • Higher Education Undergraduate – to gain entry into an undergraduate course you will need to have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or the equivalent overseas. Some undergraduate course may have some special pre-requisite subjects as well
  • Higher Education Postgraduate – you would have to complete at one undergraduate course, as well as your institute may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.


Overseas Student Health Cover:


Australia has a special system of health cover for international students coming from overseas this program is called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) this program helps you pay for your medical or hospital care you may need while studying in Australia.


What are the fees structure of the courses like?


The fees could vary anywhere from:

  • $60,000 to $85,000 for MBA courses
  • $25,000 to $50,000 for Engineering courses
  • $30,000 to $45,000 for Accounting and Finance courses
  • $16,500 to $40,000 for Sports Management courses
  • $25,000 to $40,000 for Hospitality Management courses

What not to do while you are in Australia to avoid Deportation ?

Australia is one the most strict countries when it comes to having unlawful non-citizens in their country and  a lot of students coming from overseas make the mistake of not following the rules and regulations of the country they are in and forget that they are not in their own country before breaking laws and get deported.


This is the process of that is used on residents or citizens who are not Australian’s by birth. And you could be deported if:

  • You have been convicted of crime which would include robbery, murder, cultural offence and more. If you have received a prison sentence you would be directly deported with no plea.
  • If you are considered to be a threat to the national security of Australia.
  • If you are found to be abusing the use of drugs and are not compiling to the laws that a student must follow. And are not meeting the certain attendance criteria your student visa could canceled.
  • If you are a mischief-maker and are constantly trying to disrupt the peace and are causing behavioural issues.
  • Producing fake documents not paying taxes on time and trying to live illegally in the country is a serious offence.
  • Creating a bad character while your visa is going for renewal.

Common mistakes students make

  • Making culture related biased comments.
  • Using of vulgar language and assaulting professors’
  • Losing focus from studies
  • Trying illegal jobs to earn quick money
  • Assaulting women who are citizens of Australia

Getting deported

If a deportation order is released by the Australian government you may be arrested depending on the seriousness of the crime without a warrant. For further processing the case would be taken to court.

If you are arrested and imprisoned you would be directly taken from prison to the airport directly. Deportation process will be completed while you are imprisoned. As well as the cost would be barred by you.

Could I appeal ?

You may have the right to appeal for judicial review depending on the seriousness of your crime.


Good News for Vietnamese People – Working Holiday Visa

Working holiday VISA coming soon to the people of Vietnam

With the talks spreading already between the Australian Government and Vietnamese Government of having a work and holiday visa arrangement between both countries that never had an agreement before of any such type. Now the department of immigration and border protection and Vietnam Government have teamed up to introduce a work and holiday (subclass 462) visa that would enable 200 young Vietnamese citizens with the proper skills and experience a working holiday in Australia. Which would increase the opportunities for young adults between the age of 18 and 30 to work and study for a year.

How could we help?

  • We could advise on the VISA that may suit you best
  • Help you fill in the application and submit it
  • Help you in the submission of your application
  • Communicate with the department on your behalf
  • Provide you with immigration assistance
  • Provide you with a form (956) of providing immigration assistance

Our consultancy can help you get across overseas to experience a new culture while being able to assist you with living, studying while on a Work and Holiday Visa. This is a great opportunity for you young people to delve in for the first time ever. We are as well as on the website of a registered MARA website that would increase the chances of you being in Australia in no time.

What do we need for the first working holiday Visa?

  • You must be at least 18 and between 31 years of age
  • Don’t have any dependent children with you during your time in Australia
  • Have a valid passport
  • Health assessment certificate and character certificate
  • And police certificates
  • Educational certificates
  • birth certificate
  • you must be able to speak in English as a compulsion
  • you must be outside Australia when you consult us for application


For the second working holiday Visa:

You must be in Australia when the Visa is granted if you apply outside of Australia you must be outside Australia. Our consultants could help you with the second application as well if you face any kind of difficulties during the process.


To know more details on the Working and Holiday VISA get in touch with us.

Why to Study in Australia ?


Australian qualification framework is the national policy that ensures there is a uniform and recognition for study. This framework was introduced in 1995 and includes secondary school, higher education, along with vocational education and training (VET) courses. The AQF established a pathway between qualifications and set an amazing standard for learning the right way at each level, so not matter what you study, you can be sure you will gain formal recognition.


The Education Services for Overseas Students Act was introduced in the year 2000 and its design is to protect standards for international students studying in Australia. This piece of legislation, amended in 2010, delivers regulatory requirements for education along with training institutions through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).In a 2012 survey co-conducted by the Australian Government and top institution groups, 86 per cent of international students responded that they are satisfied with their experiences studying in Australia.

World-class research

For a country like Australia with a relatively small population. It has a history of packing quite a punch when it comes to producing outstanding research. Many Australian discoveries and developments have taken to concrete benefits around the world. This comes as a good result of heavy investment in research.

Foundation studies

There is no need to worry if you’re looking to study in Australia and you don’t meet the academic requirements. Many institutions will offer foundation studies that would include one-year of preparatory courses designed to provide the skills and qualifications needed to continue higher education in Australia.

Student visa perks

Most student visas will only be permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session, and unlimited hours while on course breaks. Not only can a student work to help cover their costs while studying in Australia but can gain contacts and spend some of your money checking out some of the great destinations that the country has to offer. Australia is a large country and it has a number of natural wonders, 17 of which are classified as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. These destinations are the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, the Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House.


Australian students are welcome from all over the world and are offered a range of living options to suit all kinds of needs. Depending on the length of your stay, where you’re studying and your personal preference, you can choose between short-term living spaces, rented properties, on the campus accommodation and homestays. Regardless of the level of study you are looking at, or whether you want to experience the regional areas of Australia or one of its capital cities, there is also an international study option that’s just right for you.