General Skilled Migration Program

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Felix Carao, Migration MentorBefore 1 July, a single Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills (MLTSSL) applied to both Employer Sponsored and General Skilled Migration programs, and also a single Short-term Skilled Ocupational List (STSOL).

Starting 1 July 2017, here are the different occupational list for General Skilled Migration:

  • IFSOL: Occupations for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visas and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas – we refer to this as the IFSOL (Independent and Family Sponsored Occupations List)
  • STNOL: Occupations for state and territory nominated 190 and 489 visas – referred to as the STNOL (State/Territory Nominated Occupations List).

IFSOL and STNOL are not terms used in the Legislative Instruments but are useful in understanding which lists apply to particular visa pathways.

Six occupations have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and Family Sponsored 489 visas as compared to the pre 1 July MLTSSL. Removed occupations include Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists (removed entirely) and the occupations of Production Manager (Mining) and Anaesthetists which are still available for State/Territory Nomination.

Thirteen occupations have been removed from the approved lists entirely – these include Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists.

Sixteen occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list which were not previously available – these include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers.

Reiterated here are the English language and age requirements

English language requirements

A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 6 in each component.

The English language and skills exemption for applicants whose nominated earnings are over $180,000 is now removed.

English test

Minimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

IELTS test

Overall band score 6.0

6

6

6

6

OET

B

B

B

B

TOEFL iBT

Total band score 36

12

13

21

18

PTE

Overall band score 50

50

50

50

50

CAE

Overall band score 154

169

169

169

169

Age

A maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application will apply to Direct Entry stream applicants. A maximum age requirement of 50 at the time of application will continue to apply to Temporary Residence Transition stream applicants.

For points-tested visas – subclass 190, subclass 189, and subclass 489 visas: – Age: all applicants for these visas will need to be under 45 years of age at the time they are invited to apply.

Information on the changes to the occupation lists is available on the Department’s website at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessingauthorities/skilled-occupations-lists.

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Felix Carao

Felix Carao of ALLKILLS RECRUITMENT & MIGRATION SERVICES Pty Ltd is a Registered Migration Consultant (MARN 1069354), a Qualified Education Counsellor (QEAC G028), and an Accredited Recruitment Professional (MRCSA 51889). For enquiries, may call 04 1232 1187 or email felix@allskills.com.au or visit www.allskills.com.au.

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