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Changes to the skilled migration visa – in a nutshell

Aun Ngo

Tue Mar 23 2010


Overwhelmed by all the information? We’ve summarised the changes to the general skilled migration visa for you:

Occupations in demand list

The Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) was replaced by the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). The old list included 106 occupations, many of which were outdated and no longer in demand. The Skilled Occupations List will be introduced mid-year and reviewed annually.

More rigorous English-language and work experience standards

Around 20,000 applicants, who applied to migrate under less rigorous standards previously, will be denied and have the cost of their application refunded.

Capped occupations

Amendments to the Migration Act allow the minister to cap the number of visas designated to any occupation. This is intended to stop a handful of occupations dominating the Skilled Migration Program.

State and territory migration plans

State and territory governments can prioritise migrants of their choosing to meet demands for certain skilled occupations specific to their state or territory.

International students

Students who came to Australia to pursue an occupation on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) are no longer eligible for the skilled migration visa if their occupation is not on the new list.

Students have until December 31st 2010 to apply for a temporary skilled graduate visa, which allows them 18 months to find an employer to sponsor them for permanent residency.