Date 01/06/2018

Changes to Skilled Occupations Lists Flagged for Mid 2018 

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has published a statement for the potential changes to the skilled occupations lists for migration to take effect in mid-2018.

Which Application Types Will be Affected?

The potential changes will affect employer-sponsored applications as well as General Skilled Migration.
Which Occupations May be Removed?

The following occupations which are on the STSOL have been flagged for possible removal from the list entirely:
133411 Manufacturer
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec
212312 Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
212314 Film and Video Editor
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio)
212316 Stage Manager
212317 Technical Director
212318 Video Producer
241311 Middle School Teacher
323215 Textile, Clothing, and Footwear Mechanic
323316 Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
342413 Telecommunications Lineworker
399211 Chemical Plant Operator
399312 Library Technician
411715 Residential Care Officer
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster

Impact on General Skilled Migration Applicants

Since April 2017, applicants who had occupations removed entirely from the skilled occupation lists prior to receiving an invitation to apply for a 489, 189, or 190, were no longer eligible to lodge an application for either of those visas. We expect this to continue for future changes.

Similarly, applicants who had occupations that were moved between MLTSSL and STSOL were also affected in that their options may have become limited depending on the new list. We expect this to continue in the next round also.

It is also likely that applicants who received invitations to apply for a 489, 189, or 190 prior to the next round of changes but, haven’t yet lodged their visa applications, will continue to remain eligible for the visa they have been invited to make an application for.

To conclude; if your occupation is on the list for possible removal, you should look at making your application for your visa as soon as possible.

If your occupation is likely to be moved, you should keep up to date with the proposed changes as it may give you an opportunity to apply for either a TSS visa, ENS Direct Entry, 489, 189, or 190.

“source” – Acacia Immigration Australia” – http://ow.ly/hqPy30khU2T

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