July 2019 - Y-Axis Australia Blog

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Latest update about Australia State Sponsorship

With the new immigration program year starting on 1st July 2019, states and territories in Australia are slowly opening up their sponsorship schemes. The Australian Govt. is also gearing up for the closure of the Subclass 489 Visa. The last date to issue invitations under the Subclass 489 Visa is 10th September. 

Here is the latest update about the Australia state sponsorship: 

  • Victoria 

Victoria will launch a new online portal on 29th July. Applicants can now directly apply to Victoria for a state nomination instead of lodging an EOI like in the past. 

  • New South Wales 

NSW has launched a new online system which shows the availability of occupations for a state nomination. The online system is frequently updated to show the current status of occupations, as per SBS News. 

Certain occupations on the Priority Skilled Occupation List need to satisfy some additional conditions to qualify for a state nomination. Applicants who are currently living and working in NSW can only apply for certain occupations on the priority list. 

  • South Australia 

South Australia has increased the requirement of the “high points category” to 85 points from 26th July. Occupations on the South Australia SOL are also getting filled up fast with some of them reaching the quota in a matter of days. 

  • Queensland 

Queensland has opened its Business Migration and the Skills Migration program. The BSMQ Skilled Migration Program will prioritize Subclass 489 applications till mid-August. This is being done to allow time before the cut-off date of 10th Sep. 

  • Australian Capital Territory 

ACT issued 523 invitations in July based on the Canberra matrix. Candidates living and working in Canberra were prioritized especially the ones who were longtime residents. 

  • Northern Territory 

The processing time for offshore applications is currently about 6 months. This is not good news for applicants under the Subclass 489 Visa as there isn’t much time left for its closure. The NT Govt. is currently reviewing its processes to expedite it. 

  • Western Australia 

The Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) is currently restricted only for medical professionals. The Graduate Occupation list has wider variety of occupations, especially for those who have completed their PhD from WA. 

  • Tasmania 

Tasmania has decided to prioritize Subclass 489 applications prior to its closure. All 489 applicants for Tasmania state sponsorship are urged to lodge their applications latest by the first week of August. 

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Australia Skill Select update for July 2019

Australia Skilled Visa

Australia has conducted the first Skill Select invitation round on 11th July for the program year 2019-20. Immigration intake for Australian PR has been reduced which is evident in the lesser number of invitations being issued. 

1000 invitations were issued for the Subclass 189 Visa and 100 for the Subclass 489 Visa. The Subclass 489 Visa will soon be replaced by the Subclass 491 Visa of Australia. 

The minimum cut-off for non-pro-rata occupations has remained the same at 80 points. The wait time is around 2 months for these occupations. 

The minimum cut-off for the Subclass 489 Visa was 80 points. There is a wait time of 6 months for this visa. 

Pro-rata occupations are the ones where the demand is more than the number of visa places available. The minimum cut-off for these occupations is generally higher than the non-pro-rata ones. 

Here are the results of the 11th July Skill Select round: 

Occ. ID  Description  Minimum cut-off  Latest date of EOI 
2631  Computer Network Professionals  80  13.05.2019 7:32 am 
2334  Electronics Engineer  80  5.05.2019 7:01 pm 
2339  Other Engg. Professionals  80  1.04.2019 4:39 pm 
2335  Industrial, Mech. & Production Engg  80  10.05.2019 2:51 pm 
2211  Accountants  85  14.12.2018 12:46 pm 
2212  Auditors, CS and Corp. Treasurers  85  9.03.2019 11:46 pm 
2611  ICT Business & Systems Analyst  80  12.04.2019 11:53 pm 
2613  S/w and Application Programmers  80  13.05.2019 7:10 am 

 

Almost half of the ITAs went to the 4 main occupation groups: 

  • Software & Application Programmers: 264 
  • Accountants: 83 
  • Architects & Landscape Architects: 124 
  • ICT Business & System Analysts: 73 

Three of the above occupations fall under the pro-rata scheme. These occupations are very likely to fill up fast and the competition for the same will be high, as per SBS News. 

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NSW, Australia introduces new changes to the nomination program

Citizenship approvals in Australia increase by 88%

Australia Visa

Australia has conferred 132,000 citizenships this year as compared to 70,000 last year. 

As per the latest figures released by the Dept. of Home Affairs, there has been a significant rise in the number of citizenships granted in the past year. Wait times for citizenship approval has dropped and the backlog of applications has also reduced. 

Nurse Harshdeep Singh Gill from Melbourne received his citizenship approval in less than 10 months. He had lodged his application in September 2018. Mr Gill said that he was able to move his test date which helped speed up his citizenship application process. He moved his citizenship test date from September 2019 to May 2019, as quoted by SBS News. 

Mr Gill’s advice to citizenship applicants is to keep checking the citizenship test dates on the online portal. Wherever possible, it is best to apply for an earlier test date. 

Australia has approved more than 132,000 citizenship applications between 1st July 2018 and 31st May 2019. In comparison, only 70,000 applications were approved during the same period last year. Citizenship approvals have risen by 88% in the past one year. 

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, says that the increase in approvals can be attributed to the reforms implemented by the DHA. 

The DHA had set up task forces to deal with complicated citizenship cases. The online systems were enhanced to automate the application process. The Govt. also invested $9 million in recruiting and training extra staff to make sure that the applications are handled more efficiently. 

Mr Coleman said that the reforms implemented helped lower the backlog from 250,000 last year to almost 222,800. The backlog is expected to reduce further in the future. 

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs, the wait time for 75% of the applications has dropped from 20 months in April 2019 to 16 months in June 2019. 

Despite the increased number of approvals, there is still a long queue of people waiting for their citizenship approvals. As per the DHA, as of 31st May, 221,695 applications were still pending for approval. 

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NSW, Australia introduces new changes to the nomination program

Australia Nomination program

1st July 2019 marks the beginning of the new Australia immigration program year. New South Wales, one of the most popular states in Australia has introduced new changes to the nomination program. 

The Subclass 190 Visa requires you to be nominated by a State/Territory in Australia. 

To apply for a nomination from NSW, certain occupations have to fulfill some additional requirements. For some occupations, you may only get a nomination if you live and work in NSW. 

NSW has also launched a system which will show the availability of visa places for occupations on the state’s list. The NSW Govt. will regularly update the same to show the current status. 

As per the NSW immigration website, there is a high demand for nominations by NSW. The NSW State Govt. will continue to invite highest-ranked candidates that meet the nomination criteria of NSW. These candidates would be working in occupations which are on the Priority Occupation List of NSW. 

Some occupations on the Priority Occupation List will now need to fulfill some additional eligibility criteria. Candidates nominating these occupations should be currently living in NSW and should be working in the nominated occupation for at least a year. 

NSW will no longer nominate candidates for some occupations who do not live and work in NSW. The new changes will especially affect occupations like Engineering, Accounting, Nursing and IT. 

Many international graduates move from Victoria to NSW as the NSW occupation list is more extensive compared to Victoria’s. However, international graduates from Victoria in IT and Accounting would no longer be able to apply for NSW nomination under the new rules. The new rules bring cheer to those already living and working in NSW as the competition for nomination would be greatly reduced. 

Candidates nominating the occupations of Cooks, Chefs and Motor Mechanics can rejoice as these occupations are in high demand. Candidates who are not currently living and working in NSW can also apply for these occupations, as per SBS News. 

The NSW Govt’s decision to update the availability of occupations has also been hailed as a good move. Applicants will now have a clear idea which occupations require high points and which have low availability. 

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Important updates regarding the Subclass 491 Visa of Australia 

 

Latest changes in the South Australia state sponsorship

south australia

Effective from 26th July 2019, applications under the High Points category of South Australia will now require 85 points. 

Applicants can apply under occupations in the Supplementary List and under “Special Conditions Apply” if they have “high points”. Earlier, candidates with 80 points or above could apply under the High Points category. However, it will no longer be so after 26th July 2019. 

The High Points Category has been instrumental in attracting high-skilled immigrants to South Australia. This year too, South Australia has received a huge volume of applications under this category. As per Immigration SA, they will continue to monitor the applications received in the upcoming weeks. 

Immigration SA has also announced that once the quota for the High Points category has been reached, the cut-off will automatically increase to 90 points. 

Some occupations have already been closed for the High Points Category for the 2019-2020 program. 

There has been a high volume of applications received by SA in July for both the Subclass 190 and Subclass 489. Immigration SA has announced that it is working hard to reduce the processing times for these applications. It has urged applicants not to submit an enquiry if their application is within the published processing time. 

Applicants should allow 7 business days to Immigration SA to respond to an enquiry. 

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New requirement could cancel your Parent Visa of Australia

Australia Parent Visa

Making changes to any personal and contact details and failing to notify the Authorities could cancel your Parent Visa of Australia. Changes made to the online usernames and profiles also have to be notified to the Australian Authorities. 

The new requirement has been attached to the newly launched Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa. As per this new requirement, the Dept. of Home Affairs has to be notified at least two days before making any changes to one’s personal or contact details. These include changes to your name, phone number, address, email address, user name and online profile. 

Migration Experts are of the view that the new requirement is unreasonable and harsh. They believe that it is humanly not possible to always inform the DHA before making these changes. 

Visa holders not following this requirement will receive a Notice of Intention for cancellation of the Parent Visa. 

The new Parent Visa of Australia has been made effective from 1st July 2019. 

Mohd. Al-Khafaji, CE of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia feels that the new requirement is very inconvenient. It leaves absolutely no scope of error for new Parent Visa holders. He says that the Govt. should create a welcome experience for families reuniting in Australia. Imposing harsh penalty such as deportation for a minor oversight is extremely harsh, especially for the elderly. 

Elderly parents are most likely to face the brunt of this requirement as not all of them are tech-savvy. Not all of them regularly use online platforms; even the ones they have created usernames and logins for. More often than not, they do not remember these login details and end up creating new ones. Notifying the Dept. of Home Affairs beforehand, each time is certainly not possible for these elderly parents. 

As per a Spokesperson of the DHA, the requirement has been introduced to ensure that the records held are correct. The DHA would be able to communicate with these Visa holders whenever required, as quoted by SBS News. 

15,000 visa places have been allocated for the new Parent Visa every year. The validity of the Parent Visa may be up to 5 years and can be renewed once. The visa fee for a 5-year Parent Visa is $10,000. The minimum income of the sponsoring children in Australia should be at least $83,454 to sponsor their parents. 

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Important updates regarding the Subclass 491 Visa of Australia

Australia Visa News

The Subclass 491 (Skilled Workers Regional Provisional) Visa will come into effect from 16th November 2019. Preparations for the same are in full swing by the Immigration Dept. of Australia. 

The Subclass 491 Visa aims to invite qualified and skilled workers to the Regional Areas of Australia for a specified period. This Visa will replace the current Subclass 489 Visa of Australia. 

16,000 Visa places have been allocated for the Subclass 491 Visa by the Dept. of Home Affairs. There are  500 occupations which have access to this visa category. 

Just like other Skilled Migration programs in Australia, the Subclass 491 will also be a points-tested Visa program. Highest scoring candidates of in-demand occupations will be invited to submit an Australia Visa application. Initially, the Subclass 491 will be granted for 3 years. Visa holders who complete the mandatory stay of 3 years in the Regional Areas can then proceed to file for the Subclass 191 PR Visa. 

Subclass 491 Visa holders will be allowed to change regional areas. They will also be allowed to switch occupations. However, they will not be allowed to move to other states or territories in Australia. Also, 491 Visa holders are barred from applying to any other Skilled Migration Programs for the first three years. 

The visa application fee for the Subclass 491 Visa is $4,045 for the primary applicant. The fee for the spouse and children are $2,025 and $1,010 respectively, as per SBS News. 

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Important changes to the BIIP Visas of Victoria, Australia 

Cut-off increasing for high demand occupations in Australia

Australia Work Visa

Recent SkillSelect results show that more invitations are being issued to those scoring 85 points. 

Engineering, Accounting and IT are some of the high demand occupations in Australia. You would require a minimum of 85 to 95 points to get an invitation. 

It is becoming increasingly difficult for new migrants especially foreign students to obtain an ITA (Invitation to Apply). 

The last SkillSelect invitation round was held on 11th June. Here are the results of the same. 

ID  Occupation  Min. points score  Latest date of effect 
2211  Accountants  95  10.6.2019 10:14 o 
2212  Auditors, Company Secy. & Corp. Treasurers  90  28.5.2019 5:08 pm 
2334  Electronics Engineer  90  10.6.2019 2:06 pm 
2335  Industrial, Prod. & Mechanical Engg.  85  20.5.2019 10:18 pm 
2339  Other Engineering Professionals  85  23.5.2019 4:08 pm 
2611  ICT Business & System Analysts  85  10.5.2019 3:16 pm 
2613  Software & Appl. Programmers  85  7.06.2019 11:32 am 
2631  Comp. Network Professionals  85  31.5.2019 12:32 am 

 

The Dept. of Home Affairs is currently facing visa applications backlog. This is forcing them to keep the invitation number to just 100, as quoted by SBS News. 

In May too, only 100 invitations were issued in the SkillSelect round. 

Australia currently is facing a backlog of 12,300 for the Skilled Independent Visa. For the Partner Visa, the backlog is around 80,000. 

The SkillSelect Invitation round invites candidates who have obtained the highest scores. If two candidates who have the same score, then the one who has lodged the EOI earlier is selected. 

To submit an Expression of Interest, you need to score at least 65 points. However, not many people scoring 65 points have been invited in the recent SkillSelect rounds. 

The number of invitations being issued in each round may differ depending on the number of applications that are being processed by the Dept. of Home Affairs. 

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Important changes to the BIIP Visas of Victoria, Australia

Australia Visa

From 22nd July 2019, Victoria in Australia will start accepting nomination applications for the Business Innovation and Investor Program (BIIP). You do not need to wait to receive an invitation from Victoria. 

However, Victoria currently is not issuing any invitations. Those who have already lodged an EOI through SkillSelect but have not received an invitation from Victoria should directly submit a nomination application from 22nd July. You do not need to submit another EOI. 

From 22nd July onwards, here are the new nomination criteria for the BIIP Visas: 

  1. Applicants for the Subclass 188 Business Innovation Visa would need to score 80 points on the GSM points grid 
  1. Subclass 188 Visa applicants would need to commit at least 1 full-time employee in their primary business 
  1. Applicants proposing an export business would need to demonstrate that all export products are 100% manufactured in Victoria 
  1. Subclass 188 applicants would need to make an additional investment of $500,000 in Victoria during the provisional visa period 
  1. Subclass 188 Visa applicants would need to demonstrate access to $200,000 available for immigration purposes 

It is to be noted that applicants who have already received an invitation would not be subject to these changes, as per SBS News. 

The Skilled and Business Migration Program of Victoria will be launching a new online application system for Visa nomination on 29th July 2019. 

The new online system will: 

  1. Allow applicants to track their applications online 
  1. Allow applicants to access their accounts from multiple devices 
  1. Allow greater ease at managing client applications 

No nomination applications can be submitted through the “Live in Melbourne” website from 4 pm 24th July to 29th July 2019. 

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Update on the Australian Skilled Regional Visa transition 

No more invites for Australia Subclass 489 after 10 Sep

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The Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional) Visa will soon be eliminated and replaced by the Subclass 491 Visa. The Subclass 491 Visa will be effective from 16th November 2019. 

10th September 2019 will be the last day for invitations to be issued for the Subclass 489 Visa. 

There are two categories under which invitations for the Subclass 489 are issued: 

  • Sponsorship by a state or territory in Australia 
  • Sponsorship by an eligible family member living in Australia 

The 10th September 2019 deadline will be applicable to both the above categories, as per SBS News. 

The last date to lodge an EOI (Expression of Interest) for the Subclass 489 Visa would also be 10th September 2019. 

The last day to submit a visa application for the Subclass489 for people who have been invited would be 15th November 2019. 

There is a 67day gap between the last invitation date and the last day for visa submission. This should no way prove to be a hindrance because normally SkillSelect invitations are only valid for 60 days. 

Australia will start accepting EOIs for the Subclass 491 Visa from 16th November 2019. 

States and Territories would also be able to nominate overseas workers from 16th November onwards. Invitations would also be issued after this date only. 

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