SBS language | Immigration Update: Australian States Open Qualified Visa Appointment Programs for 2021-2022
Australian jurisdictions receive quotas annually from the federal government, based on which states and territories nominate skilled migrants and business migrants for Skilled Nominated visa subclass 190 and subclass 491.
- Australian States and Territories Open Qualified Visa Nomination Programs for 2021-2022
- NSW nomination for subclass 491 is now by invitation only
- Victoria introduces major changes to her state-appointed program
Much like last year, the current year’s program will continue to respond to the challenges posed by the current health crisis, with a focus on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs, provide skills. essential health and medical care, and support economic productivity.
Here’s an update by state and territory for the 2021-2022 program year:
New South Wales
New South Wales continues to be the state with the highest number of awards for its Qualified Appointment Program. It received 4,000 places for subclass 190 and 3,640 for subclass 491, a significant increase from last year’s total of 6,350.
The State has now invited applications for subclass 491. Under the new process, the State will select and invite applicants to apply to an Australian Regional Development Office (RDA) during a submission window and until seven days after a submission window closes.
The submission windows for the current fiscal year are August, October, January and March.
There are three streams of nominations this exercise:
- Part 1 – I live and work in the region New South Wales
- Part 2 – I recently completed studies in New South Wales
- Part 3 – I am competent in a profession required in the New South Wales
Melbourne-based migration agent Ranbir Singh said it is important to note that under Stream 3 applicants currently residing anywhere in Australia will be able to register their interest in the Regional (provisional) skilled worker visa (subclass 491).
“The key change here is that applicants who are not currently residing in NSW will also be considered for an invitation. This change, in particular, is a beacon of hope for potential applicants in other states. who have not been able to obtain an invitation in their respective countries, ”he said.
Mr. Singh cautioned, however, that preference would be given to applicants currently residing in the NSW area.
Victoria received a total of 4,000 places this year – 3,500 for subclass 190 and 500 for subclass 491. This is slightly more than the previous program year.
Mr Singh said the number of places allocated to the 491 visa went against the government’s agenda to reduce congestion in cities.
“The numbers assigned to 491 are a bit surprising. Reducing these points by more than 50 percent goes completely against government pressure for regional migration, ”he told SBS Punjabi.
However, this year Victoria will focus on onshore applicants who currently live and work in the state in one of the seven target sectors designated by the state based on their STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and math skills). medicine).
The seven target sectors include healthcare, medical research, life sciences, digital, agribusiness, advanced manufacturing and new energies, emissions reduction and the circular economy.
Priority will be given to those using their critical skills in Melbourne’s business districts, namely Parkville, Footscray and Docklands.
Explaining the changes, Canberra-based migration lawyer Ben Watt said the state had shifted focus to align with the country’s current political, health and economic needs.
“It’s quite similar to what happened last year when states were given instructions to appoint people with professions that could support their economic recovery. So they don’t do all the professions, they only appoint people in target sectors which are essential to pull the jurisdictions out of the economic crisis, ”he said.
The General Stream of Skilled Migration in Western Australia is divided into two categories based on occupations: Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the WA Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL).
Click here to learn more about the requirements for WASMOL Schedule 1 and 2.
The state has expanded its occupation rosters, but Singh said the most notable change in the curriculum is that candidates applying for the General Stream do not need to study, work or live. currently in the state to receive an appointment.
All they need is a job offer in the state to be eligible for this stream.
“The WA State nomination is unique and positive as it is open to applicants across Australia rather than being limited to the State. Additionally, WA’s list of skilled occupations is quite liberal with opportunities for trades such as auto mechanic, chef, cook, and painter. Applicants specifically from Victoria and Queensland will benefit from the nomination by the State of WA, as options for these professions are limited in those states, ”Singh said.
The State received 1,100 places for subclass 190 and 340 for subclass 491.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT received 600 more places for its Qualified Nomination Program this year compared to the previous one.
Its skilled migration program remains closed to foreign applicants until the federal government reopens international borders.
South Australia’s qualified nominations program received 2,600 places each for subclasses 190 and 491, a total of 1,200 more places than last year.
Mr Singh said the increase in the allowance would mean that candidates will have a better chance of securing a nomination.
“The number of allowances is quite promising as they add up to 5,200 places for the combined 491 and 190 visas, and are only second behind NSW. The SA is unique in that, unlike states like Victoria, it has not restricted invitations to critical professions and the trend is also expected to continue this exercise, ”added Mr. Singh.
The state’s general skilled migration program is now open.
Queensland received the same number of places as the previous year – 1,000 for subclass 190 and 1,250 for subclass 491.
The state is currently finalizing the criteria for its skills appointment program, which remains closed until further notice.
Tasmania received 1,100 places for subclass 190 and 2,200 for subclass 491, slightly more than last year.
The state will continue to assess visa applications for qualified applicants during this program year that have not been finalized by June 30.
Applications for a regional (provisional) visa for skilled work lodged before March 20, which were not finalized in the last fiscal year, will also continue to be assessed in the current year.
The state will open its nomination program for 2021-2022 on August 4.
The Australian jurisdiction with the smallest qualified named program was allocated 1,000 places, 500 each for subclass 190 and subclass 491, as in the previous year.
While the NT program remains open to new onshore applicants, it is closed to foreign applicants. However, all existing requests will be assessed.
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