States and Territories – Nominations status – Subclasses 190 and 491
The program places for the States and Territories nomination programs have been drastically reduced for the 2023-24 program year. There are variations in the way each state or territory authority is handling its allocation.
|190 – Not open
491 – Open – Applications will be assessed under new eligibility criteria: –
|190 – Open – limited invitations and occupational sectors
491 – Not open – Details on the criteria and application process for the 2023-24 program year will be updated shortly
|Open – Next invitation round will be held before 20 November 2023
|Open – WA state nominations lodged before 1 July 2023 will be assessed against the 2022-23 criteria
|Open – ROIs submitted before 1 July 2023 will remain valid for the 2023-24 program year
New minimum eligibility requirements apply to ROIs and applications submitted from 5 July 2023
|Open – to be eligible for sc 491 nomination in the 2023-24 program, onshore applicants must be living and working in regional VIC at the time of nomination. As a result of this change, ROI’s submitted in 2022-23 year that were not invited, will need to submit a new ROI if still eligible
|Open – Will begin inviting selected applicants from end of September 2023, and hold invitation rounds at the end of each month for the remainder of financial year
|Open -SA will prioritise the retention of international graduates and temporary visa holders
Gazette Notice – Data matching ATO and Home Affairs
A Gazette Notice has been issued to notify that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will acquire visa data from the Department of Home Affairs for 2023–24 through to 2025–26.
The data items include:
identification details (address history for visa applicants and sponsors) contact history for visa applicants and sponsors, address history for migration agents, contact history for migration agents, active visas meeting the criteria, all visa grants, visa grant status by point in time, migration agents (visa application preparer who assisted or facilitated the processing of the visa), all international travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures), sponsor details, (457 visa), visa subclass name.
It is estimated that records relating to approximately 9 million individuals will be obtained each financial year.
Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities – Best Practice Principles and Standards – Consultation
The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) is conducting a public consultation on the Best Practice Principles and Standards for Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities.
Under Reg 2.26B of the Migration Regulations 1994, the Minister for Skills and Training is responsible for approving relevant assessing authorities to undertake skills assessments. The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations supports that Minister and provides governance of assessing authorities. The Government’s Guidelines for Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities sets requirements for organisations seeking to become assessing authorities and a framework for ongoing assurance of assessing authorities.
Ms Amanda Schenk, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance with DEWR spoke at the MIA National Conference in Sydney last week and invited members to provide feedback on issues with skills assessment processes. DEWR is interested to hear from members on specific issues with skills assessing authorities or their processes, when assessing overseas qualification and work experience. Ms Schenk noted that it would be particularly helpful if members when highlighting issues also provided suggestions for rectifying these situations.
Members can make submissions through the Consultation Hub questionnaire or attached a written submission by Monday 23 October 2023.
This Instrument amends LIN 19/198 to increase the evidence of financial capacity required for applicants for Subclasses 500 and 590 visa in line with the CPI to for Regs 500.214 and 590.216
|+ spouse or de facto partner
|+ each dependent child
|+ annual school costs for each school-aged dependent child
|The personal annual income for the primary applicant, where there is no secondary applicant
|The personal annual income for a primary applicant where there is a secondary applicant
This instrument also corrects minor drafting errors in the previous Instrument.
The Instrument commenced on 1 October 2023.
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