Applications for NSW skilled visas will open this month

Publish Date: Jul 16, 2014

According to the Department of Trade and Investment, the New South Wales state migration strategy for general skilled visas has been updated and reopened on July 14 2014. This included reopening the 2014/15 Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) program. 

New initiatives will be introduced to the NSW state migration strategy in 2014/15. For example:

  • Applications can only be made electronically through the new online system
  • There will be four intakes a year that will open in July, October, January and April. Each intake will have a maximum limit of 1,000 applications. The intake for July in NSW has reached its capacity and will no longer accept applications 
  • The intakes will each be open for four to six weeks
  • The NSW Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will be updated in 2014/15 to include all job titles listed on the 2013/14 list and also include the additions to the SOL list made by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) in June 2014. 

The aim of the NSW's Skilled Nominated Program is to attract people across a range of job areas to fulfill and contribute to the future skill needs of the state. 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection made additions to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) in June 2014 based on recommendations from the AWPA. Changes were also made to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

Changes to the SOL

If you are a chef, bricklayer or wall and floor tiler your occupation has now been added to the Skilled Occupations List as of July 1 2014. The SOL is relevant for people applying for:

  • A Family Sponsored points-based skilled visa
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) - Graduate Work stream;  or
  • Independent points-based skilled migration that is not sponsored by a territory, state or federal government. 

Changes have also been made to two occupation titles. A ship's surveyor is now a marine surveyor and a general medical practitioner is now a general practitioner.

Changes to the CSOL

Hydrogeologists and exercise physiologists have also been added to the CSOL. The additions are relevant for people in these professions who are applying for:

  • Points-based skilled migration and have been nominated by the state under the NSW State Migration Plan
  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
  • A Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 247)
  • A Training and Research Visa (subclass 402) 

How do I apply?

Eligibility requirements for the NSW 2014/15 Skilled Nominated visas are available from mid-July. There is an estimated 12 week processing time. 

An immigration lawyer can talk you through your visa application or any business migration queries you may have.

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