A number of Australian immigration changes that you should know about were made at the start of 2018. Specifically, changes to the list of eligible skilled occupations and South Australia’s High Points category.
On the 17th of January, the Australian Department of Home Affairs made official changes to occupations that appear on the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) as well as the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
This includes occupations that has been:
The three occupations below has been added to the STSOL:
The occupations below has been moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL:
The occupations below has been removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs:
The changes made by the Department of Home Affairs impact visa applications lodged on or after 17 January. If you lodged an application before this date, your application will not be affected.
The positions listed above are subject to certain caveats. Please get all the details here and see other caveat changes that have been made.
The State Nomination High Points category has been successful in attracting high quality applicants to South Australia.
On 1 February 2018, South Australia’s High Points category increased to 85 points.
Applicants who can achieve 85 points or higher (including state nomination points) in their points test can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the State Nominated Occupation List. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state nomination requirements to qualify.
Quotas apply to nominations in the High Points category. Once this quota is reached, applications under this category may be closed for certain occupations.