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Posted on December 08 2022

No PMSOL. Highest priority to Healthcare and Teaching occupations, applying outside Australia

By  Editor
Updated November 16 2023

Highlights: PMSOL not required to work in Australia

  • Skilled visa applications processing changed after the removal of Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
  • The Minister of Immigration issued a new Ministerial Direction 100
  • Applications for healthcare and teaching occupations will be given the highest priority particularly for candidates applying from outside Australia
  • ‘Ministerial Direction 100’ applies to different types of skilled visas

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Highest priority to applicants outside Australia for Healthcare and Teaching occupations

Australia removed Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) for the processing of certain types of skilled visa applications. ‘Ministerial Direction 100’ is a new order issued by the Minister of Immigration for application processing.

The new rule will be effective from December 01, 2022 and priority will be given to the skilled applications outside Australia for Healthcare and Teaching occupations.

Highest priority will be given to the applicants under the categories listed below:

  • Nominations and Visa applications lodged by/for Accredited Sponsors in any occupation
  • Applications for occupations that are to be done in a designated regional area
  • Permanent and provisional visas that count towards the migration program (not including 188 Business Visas)

Priority for immigration has been retained for applicants having:

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong SAR) passports
  • British National Overseas (BNO) passport

Types of skilled visas for which PMSOL removed

PMSOL has been removed for the skilled visas listed below:


Subclass 482

Temporary Skill Shortage visa

Subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional visa
Subclass 186

Employer Nomination Scheme visa

Subclass 189

Skilled – Independent Points-tested stream visa
Subclass 190

Skilled – Nominated visa

Subclass 491

Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa
Subclass 191

Permanent Residence Skilled Regional visa

Subclass 187

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa
Subclass 124

Distinguished Talent visa

Subclass 858

Global Talent visa

Subclass 887

Skilled — Regional visa
Subclass 188

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa

Subclass 888

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa

The Department of Immigration wants to increase the application processing speed by compiling all priorities in one direction. Amendments will also include the streamlining of health requirements for onshore temporary visa applications. Employers have to note that application processing will be affected as the changes are being implemented.

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