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.