Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that the following changes will affect the skilled categories from July 1st 2014:
1.Updated skilled occupation lists
The new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will see the addition of the following occupations:
- •Chef (ANZSCO 351311)
- •Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111)
- •Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411)
This means eligible applicants of those applications can apply under the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 and the Skilled Regional (family sponsored category) Subclass 489.
The Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) will contain the following new occupations:
- Hydro geologist (ANZSCO 234413)
- Exercise Physiologist
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The CSOL can only be used by applicants applying under the skilled state/territory nominated categories, the Employer Nomination Scheme, the Temporary Work Visa Subclass 457 and the Training and Research Visa Subclass 402.
2. Clarification of the validity of Skills Assessment Results
DIBP will be formally introducing legislation to confirm that all skills assessment results are only valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter period is noted on the skills assessment results letter. This is a change from it being valid indefinitely, and aligns it more closely with the time periods for English Language tests such as IELTS.
To find out more about your eligibility for migration to Australia or how to get a skills assessment or IELTS certificate, contact us.