Changes to Skilled Occupations Lists

Attention all skilled migrants: the Commonwealth Government has made significant changes to the visa eligibility criteria.

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced by the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This can be found on our website, by clicking here.

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). There has been a huge change in the replacement of this list, with a removal of 200 occupations. This can be found on our website, by clicking here.


DIBP Holiday Closure Dates

Please note the following closure dates of the DIBP.

Departmental offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • 26 December 2016 Boxing Day
  • 27 December 2016 Christmas Day
  • 28 December 2016 Additional (APS) Holiday
  • 2 January 2017 New Years Day

For more information, please visit the Migration Institute of Australia website.

Teaching Opportunities In Western Australia

Have you ever considered teaching in Australia?

The Department of Education is the biggest employer in Western Australia. The Department offers the teachers some of the highest average salaries in Australia, as well as supportive working conditions.

The Western Australia Department of Education is seeking suitably qualified secondary school teachers, particularly those teaching STEM subject matters and disciplines (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Teachers require the appropriate visa to work in Australia. Please see the Skilled Occupation List to learn whether you are eligible to secure your own visa.

The Department is considering sponsorship for some specialists teaching positions in certain schools, but in most cases the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) would be required.


Email for more information about teaching in Western Australia.

To learn about the public education in Western Australia, visit the Department’s YouTube page.
See for currently advertised teaching positions.


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Notice for Australian visa allocations to subclass 190

Our Australian Immigration Solicitor and MARA Registered Migration Agent Sammy Naghi has confirmed that the Australian Government has used up all visas allocated to subclass 190 visa applicants under the skilled nominated category for the 2014-15 program year.

Our clients who were due to receive their subclass 190 visa grants received the following notice from individual case officers at the Department if Immigration and Border Protection below:

Thank you for providing the checks as requested. All health results have been received.Please note the following:

The visa for which you have applied is part of the Skilled Nominated category. The Migration Programme determines the maximum number of visas that can be granted in each visa category. Applications for this visa are processed in line with Migration Programme planning levels. These planning levels have precedence over indicative client service standard timeframes.

The Migration Programme planning level for the Skilled Nominated category now has limited number of places left for the 2014-15 program year. This means processing times will be longer and that once the remaining places are used, the Department cannot grant further visas in this category during this programme year.

As planning levels affect all applications, including those in the final stages of processing, I cannot give you an indication as to the likely timeframe for finalisation of your application.

In the meantime, I encourage you to continue checking the department’s website ( for any updates regarding application processing or changes to the Skilled Migration Programme which may affect you.

I appreciate your patience in this matter.”

This basically means these people affected will receive their visa after 1 July 2015 when the 2015-16 program year begins and the numbers (visa grants) are reset.

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DIBP working to expand WHV program

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is looking to expand our country’s Working Holiday Visa (WHV) program to include more partner countries.

As it stands, 19 countries are on the WHV list. These include Canada, France, Germany, China and the United Kingdom, to name just a few. The full list can be found here.

Now, the DIBP is looking to add Greece, Mexico, Spain, Poland and Israel into the mix, along with a number of other countries.
In order to apply for a WHV – either a subclass 417 or subclass 462 – you need to meet a number of requirements. For instance, you must:

– be aged between 18 and 30 when you submit your application for these migration visas
– hold a current passport for one of the WHV programs’ partner countries
– meet health, character and financial requirements
– not bring dependent children with you to Australia

The subclass 462 visa has a few additional requirements attached to it. These include having “functional” English, completing at least two years of tertiary study at an undergraduate level and possessing a “letter of home government support”, states the DIBP.

If you would like to know more about our WHV program, get in touch with migration agents in Australia today.