Australia may introduce mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency

Australian Citizenship FAQs - October 2017

Required Points Drop for SkillSelect in August 23 Round

ACT Migration Program is now closed to overseas applicants

Occupation Ceilings for 2017-18 Program Year Released

Skilled Occupations Lists for 2017-18 Released


The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released.   General Skilled Migration Prior to 1 July, a single MLTSSL applied to both Employer Sponsored and General Skilled Migration programs, and also a single STSOL. 6 occupations have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and family sponsored 489 visas as compared to the pre 1 July MLTSSL. Removed occupations include Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists (removed entirely) and the occupations of Production Manager (Mining) and Anaesthetists which are still available for State/Territory Nomination. 13 occupations have been removed from the approved lists entirely - these include Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists. 16 occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list which were not previously available - these include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers. Employer Sponsored Visas The 457 visa and the ENS Direct Entry Stream share the same occupations list. The list is split into MLTSSL occupations and STSOL occupations. MLTSSL occupations result in a 457 visa valid for up to 4 years, whereas the maximum duration of a 457 visa in an STSOL occupation is only 2 years. Compared to the lists prior to 1 July, 18 occupations have been removed entirely - these include marine transport professionals, psychotherapists, medical administrators and ... More »

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