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Recent Update: October 18, 2017

Temporary closure of Victorian State Nomination for certain occupations

Occupations affected by closure are :

312112 Building Associate

233211 Civil Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

233311 Electrical Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233914 Engineering Technologist

You are not affected if you hold an offer of employment in Victoria or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways and thus, can still apply.

Application for this occupations will open again by January 13, 2018.

Aside from the above news, note that Victoria has new criteria for engineering occupations : 

1. Proficient English ability 
2. Minimum 5 years work experience

Visit Victorian State Nomination website for more information.

New Occupation Lists

Effective July 1, 2017 separate lists will be referred to for different visa subclasses:

Training Visa - SC 407 - See IMMI 17/071

Employer Nominated Visa - SC 186 - See IMMI 17/080

Temporary Work Skilled - SC 457 - See IMMI 17/060

Skilled Independent - SC 189 - See IMMI 17/072

Skilled Regional - SC489 - See IMMI 17/072

Skilled Nominated - SC 190 - See IMMI 17/072

Temporary Graduate - SC 485 - IMMI 17/072

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme - SC 187 - IMMI 17/058

Contact us to ask if your occupation is included in any of these list and which visa you can apply for.

Impact of removal of SC457 - changes to the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List

Effective 19 April 2017, the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List will be replaced by the Short Term Skilled Occupation List. 216 occupations will be removed and will also affect SC 489 and SC190 nominations.

Contact us to understand its implication to your plans to migrate to Australia.

Occupations to be removed by tomorrow :

Defence Force Senior Officer

Turf Grower

Deer Farmer

Goat Farmer

Public Relations Manager

Policy and Planning Manager

Research and Development Manager

Project Builder

Importer or Exporter


Production Manager (Manufacturing)

Production Manager (Mining)

Procurement Manager

Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ)

Regional Education Manager

Commissioned Defence Force Officer

Commissioned Fire Officer

Commissioned Police Officer

Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member

Sports Administrator

Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager

Licensed Club Manager

Bed and Breakfast Operator

Retirement Village Manager

Antique Dealer

Betting agency Manager

Travel Agency Manager

Amusement Centre Manager

Call or Contact Centre Manager

Railway Station Manager

Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator

Cinema or Theatre Manager

Financial Institution Branch Manager


Entertainer or Variety Artist

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec


Music Director


Music Professionals nec

Painter (Visual Arts)

Potter or ceramic artist


Artistic Director

Media Producer (excluding Video)

Radio Presenter

Television Presenter


Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)

Director of Photography

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec

Radio Journalist

Corporate Treasurer

Futures Trader

Human Resource Adviser

Workplace Relations Advisor

Training and Development Professional


Intelligence Officer

Policy Analyst

Electorate Officer

Liaison Officer

Migration Agent (Aus)

Market Research Analyst

Sales Representative (Industrial Products)

Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)

Aeroplane Pilot

Air Traffic Controller

Flying Instructor

Helicopter Pilot

Air Transport Professionals nec

Master Fisher

Ship's Engineer

Ship's Master

Ship's Officer

Marine Surveyor

Marine Transport Professionals nec

Multimedia Designer

Chemical Engineer

Materials Engineer

Electronics Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Production or Plant Engineer

Petroleum Engineer

Food Technologist

Conservation Officer

Park Ranger



Life Scientist (General)




Life Scientists nec


Exercise Physiologist

Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)

Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)

Education Reviewer

Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)

Environmental Health Officer


Nurse Researcher

Web Developer

ICT Support and Test Engineers nec



Tribunal Member

Intellectual Property Lawyer




Community Arts Worker

Operating Theatre Technician

Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)

Fisheries Officer

Quarantine Officer

School Laboratory Technician


Construction Estimator

Plumbing Inspector

Surveying or Spatial Science Technician

Civil Engineering Technician

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

Electronic Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

Safety Inspector

Maintenance Planner

Building and Engineering Technicians nec

ICT Support Technicians nec

Telecommunications Network Planner



Metal Casting Trades Worker

Metal Polisher

Pressure Welder

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)



Saw Maker and Repairer

Engineering Patternmaker

Vehicle Painter


Floor Finisher

Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ)

Communications Operator

Telecommunications Cable Jointer

Telecommunications Technician

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

Horse Trainer


Kennel Hand



Screen Printer

Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

Small Offset Printer

Canvas Goods Fabricator

Leather Goods Maker

Sail Maker


Apparel Cutter

Clothing Patternmaker

Dressmaker or Tailor

Clothing Trades Workers nec

Wood Turner

Gas or Petroleum Operator

Gallery or Museum Technician

Broadcast Transmitter Operator

Light Technician

Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer

Television Equipment Operator


Interior Decorator

Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)

Optical Mechanic

Plastics Technician

Wool Classer

Fire Protection Equipment Technician

Technicians and Trades Workers nec

Dental Hygienist

Dental Prosthetist

Dental Therapist

Mothercraft Nurse

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

Parole or Probation Officer

Defence Force Member - Other Ranks

Emergency Service Worker

Fire Fighter


Police Officer

Prison Officer

Driving Instructor

Funeral Director

Funeral Workers nec

Flight Attendant

Travel Attendants nec

First Aid Trainer

Dog or Horse Racing Official

Sports Umpire

Other Sports Official




Legal Executive

Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)

Insurance Investigator

Insurance Risk Surveyor

Clinical Coder


Stock and Station Agent

Business Broker

Retail Buyer

Wool Buyer


Contact us to understand how this news will impact Australian immigration.

Occupations moved from SOL to CSOL and from CSOL to SOL

Effective July 1, 2016 the following occupations will be moved from SOL to CSOL:
  • Mining Engineers(excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Matallurgists
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisers
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Prosthetists
  • Dental Technicians
  • Dental Therapists

Occupations will be moved from CSOL to SOL:
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist
  • Audiologists

Click here for the complete list. Contact us if you want to know how these changes will affect your application.

Visa Application Charges to increase from July 1, 2015

Price increase rate from 2.8% (inflation rate) to 50% will take effect from July 1 this year. Several visa types will be affected. ETA, eVisa, Refugee and Humanitarian visas will not be affected by these changes. Complete list as per page 2 of the attached Fact Sheet from DIBP.

2015 New South Wales Nomination Process

Starting February 2015, NSW  will implement selection-based invitation process. Before prospective candidates can apply for NSW nomination, they should have been first selected from Skillselect and invited by NSW Trade and Investment. NSW will rank candidates based on their points score, English ability, and then their skilled employment. Those that have the same score, they will be ranked based on the date and time that their EOI was selected in SkillSelect. 

The new NSW Occupation list will be published in the first week of 2015.

Visit NSW Trade and Investment website for more details.

Fees now applies for South Australia nomination application

Fees will be introduced by Immigration South Australia after March 15, 2015 for both skilled and business state nomination applications. This is designed to reduce the number of non-genuine applications .
Actual implementation date will be confirmed once available. If you are planning to apply for these type of visas ( SC 190, 489, 188, 888/892/893 and 405 with South Australia, it will be good to submit your State Nomination application as soon as possible.

The proposed fee structure is as follows:
 Application Type
Skilled Migrants
 SC 190 / 489
 AU$ 200
 Business Migrants
 SC 188 - Provisional
 AU$ 500
 SC 888/892/893/132 - Permanent
 AU$ 750
 SC 405 - Retiree
 AU$ 500
 SA Employers
 EN - RCB advice by State govt
Source:  MIA Notice 5:2015

Immigration fees for Partner Visa increase from January 1, 2015

A 50% increase to application fees for partner visa subclasses is expected from the 1st of January, as follows:

* Provisional and permanent partner visas - currently $3085 increased to $4627.50

* Prospective marriage visa - currently $3085 increased to $4627.50

* Temporary and permanent partner visas - currently $4575 increased $6865.50

More information can be found on the Department's website.

More countries are added on the online Visitor Visa applications

Effective November 23, 2014, nationals of the following countries can lodge their Visitor visa applications online:
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand

If your country is not listed above, contact your agent to determine if your country is on the current list.

NSW 190 nominations open 22 October 2014

The next round of applications for NSW State sponsorship for Subclass 190 visas will open on 22 October 2014 at 10 am.  NSW Trade and Investment has temporarily suspended some occupations for this round, in an effort to ensure a more equitable spread of occupations.

The suspended occupations are:

  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 262113 Systems Administrator
  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
  • 263311 Telecommunications Engineer
  • 263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer

More details in NSW website

Online Lodgement of Tourist Visa extended to 66 countries

As of 1 August 2014, electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa has been extended to 66 additional countries and territories.


The 66 additional countries and territories are: Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Source: Visitor Visa Policy (DIBP)

Polio Vaccination Certificate required

DIBP is introducing protective measures in response to the WHO declaration that wild poliovirus transmission is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Visa applicants applying from outside Australia and those who have spent a period of 28 days or longer on or after 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination of these countries, should be vaccinated against polio prior to their departure.

Applicants lodging new applications should provide this at the time of lodgement. Applicants attending a medical appointment with a panel physician should take their certificate to the medical appointment.

If the applicant does not provide the vaccination certificate at the time they apply, or at the time they undertake their medical appointment, their case officer may request evidence of polio immunisation status and this could delay the visa application.

Source: MIA Notice 84.2014

SC 186 and 187 Changes to Start-up Business policy

The Subclass 186 and 187 policy relating to start up businesses has changed from 1 July 2014.

The following has been added to the latest policy:

A start-up business must provide business activity statements for each complete quarter from the time of commencement of operations up until the time the nomination is lodged. The start-up business will not be determined to have been actively operating until the ABN and/or ACN of the business has been registered in addition to the business physically operating.

The result of this is that, if a business has operated for a long period of time but has changed ownership or structure resulting in a new ABN and ACN being required, this business is now considered a start-up business.

Source: MIA Notice 79.2014

Parent (non contributory), carer, remaining relative and aged relative cessation date : June 2, 2014

F2014L00622 Migration Amendment - Repeal of Certain Visa Classes Regulation 2014 was signed May 29 and commences June 2, 2014. The following visa affected are:

  1. the Aged Dependent Relative visa classes and subclasses
  2. the Remaining Relative visa classes and subclasses
  3. the Carer visa classes and subclasses
  4. the Parent and Aged Parent visa classes and subclasses


Persons are no longer able to apply for these visa classes from 2 June 2014

Source: MIA Notice May 30, 2014


Other Family and Non Contributory visa application will cease soon!

One of the imminent changes brought about by the 2014 Federal Budget is the removal of several Other Family visas which includes the Non-contributory visas.

The visa subclasses affected are:

Parent (subclass 103)
Aged Parent (subclass 804)
Aged Dependent Relative (114)
Remaining Relative (115)
Carer (116)
Remaining Relative (835)
Carer (836)
Aged Dependent Relative (838

Applications can still validly be lodged. All valid applications will remain in the pipeline and be processed in due course. The cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas will take place prior to the start of the 2014-15 programme year.

Specifics concerning the date the necessary regulatory changes will take effect have not yet been settled and we will get earliest advice to you and your industry colleagues once these details become clear. The announcement in the Budget papers concerns the cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visa categories and didn’t make reference to “capping at zero” or other measures, that would affect applications validly lodged prior to the cessation date.

Since the date the necessary regulatory changes will take effect has not yet been decided, it would be advisable to lodge any pending application as soon as possible.

Source: MIA Notice

Migrants Are Better Educated Than Australia's General Population

This chart shows that, generally, immigrants have a higher level of education than the Australian population in general:
This implies that in order to ensure that there will be enough manpower resources in Australia in the future, skilled migrants will have good chances to get Australian visa.

Read more about this news in Business Insider Australia

South Australia State Nomination Occupation List Updated

18 occupations has been added in the State Nomination list of South Australia. Amongst the occupation is Hairdressing, Cook, Health workers and various management occupations. There are now two lists for SA: State Occupations List and South Australian Graduates List. Contact us to know if your occupation is now included.

Source: MIA Notice

Beware: Scam on Student visas

Dozens of travel visa holders from Hongkong and Thailand end up in brothels. The brothel manager then applies for their student visa. While waiting for their student visas, these women were forced to work up to 20 hours a day, with restricted freedom, as prostitutes.

According to the report, a consultancy firm, provided a paper trail to DIBP that demonstrated how sex traffickers use the student visa system for their modus operandi. Most of these women can't speak a word of English and yet could lodge student visa applications.

Read more: Migration Alliance Editor's Blog

It is illegal for anyone but a migration agent to offer migration advice

Federal police and immigration department officials have raided the offices of the alleged ringleader of a long-running migration and education racket that exploited dozens of overseas students and workers.
Read more: Sydney Morning Herald

Invitations to apply for SC 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa will be limited.

DIBP announced that due to a large number of applications, there will be a limit of 35 invitations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas until further notice. This change started December 16 2013 invitation round.

Please note that this will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue

Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

Industry plea for big rise in skilled worker intake

ONE of the country's most prominent business lobby groups says Australia needs to add an extra 30,000 immigrants to its annual intake to cover growing skills shortages.

The Australian Industry Group is urging the federal government to increase the immigration intake from 190,000 this financial year to 220,000 for the 2015 financial year with an emphasis on skilled immigrants.