Newsletter 102

Help shape Australia’s Humanitarian Program

Australian Government invites submissions to inform the development and composition of the Humanitarian Program 2022-23 to ensure it delivers effective and strong outcomes for people in humanitarian need. Submissions close at 5pm on 12 August 2022. Australia’s Humanitarian Program 2022-23 discussion paper and information on how to provide a submission is available on the Home Affairs.

Submissions and discussion papers page.

Key Features of Tasmania Skilled Migration 2022-23 program year new requirements and processes has been published


-No course or occupation restrictions or mandatory employment requirements.

-Permanent pathway for PhD students.


-An expanded list of occupations and employment eligible for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination.

-No occupation requirements for subclass 491.

-Inclusion of part-time employment to meet work experience requirements.

-Subcontractors with a related skills assessment included in skilled employment pathway.


-Extension of qualifying business operation time from six to twelve months for business operations which commenced after 15 April 2022.

-Introduction of a new personal business income requirement, set at a minimum 80% of TSMIT (i.e., $43 120).


-A new nomination pathway for candidates who have lived in Tasmania for an extended period and established themselves in employment or business.

-Qualifying residence period of at least three years for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination, or two years for the provisional subclass 491 visa

-Business operators will be eligible for subclass 190 nomination if they have lived in Tasmania for two years, and run their eligible business successfully for two years.


-No occupation restrictions where a candidate has a job offer.

-More invitations to apply for nomination from Skillselect where candidates have skills needed by Tasmanian businesses.

-New industry skills-needs profiles to help potential candidates tailor their Skillselect EOI to increase chances of invitation.

Tasmania is currently waiting confirmation on the nomination location from the Australian Government.

Queensland Skilled Migration now CLOSED for 2021-22 program year

This is an important update for all Queensland skilled program applicants . Migration Queensland 2021-22 Program is now closed for subclass 190 and 491. If the applicants have received the invitation from the state then the application will continue to be processed by Migration Queensland. Applicants under process must submit the required documents and pay the application fees within 14 days, otherwise the application will be closed.

If the applicant has not received an invitation, they are required to submit a new EOI when the 2022-23 Skilled Program opens.

Exception: If the applicant is a 491-SBO applicant and have submitted an EOI and 491-Small Business Owners Assessment Form via website by Friday 6 May 2022, they will still receive an invitation, however, given the large demand for this pathway the processing time may be up to 812 weeks.

For those who have not submitted an EOI and 491-Small Business Owners Assessment Form for the 491-SBO by Friday 6 May 2022, they will need to submit a new EOI and form when the 2022-23 Skilled Program opens.

The Migration Queensland business program remains open for nominations in 2021-22.

The 2022-23 Victoria Skilled Migration Program will be OPEN to offshore applications

The Victorian Governments Skilled Migration Program for 2022-23 will open soon.

The 2022-23 program will have expanded eligibility criteria across both skilled migration visa subclasses 190 and 491 and will be open to offshore applications.

VETASSESS UPDATE: Technical interviews to resume at venues

From Monday, July 25, all technical interviews for trade occupations will be conducted at approved VETASSESS venues.

Please note that this does not affect the arrangements for interviews that have already been booked.

They currently have venues in Australia as well as in China, Fiji, India, Iran, Philippines, South Africa, Nepal, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

DHA Global Visa Processing Time Updated

Global visa processing times have been updated on the Department of Home Affairs website.


The Government has extended the temporary humanitarian stay offer until 11.59 pm on 31 July 2022

The Australian Government offer of a Temporary Humanitarian Stay in Australia was expiring on 14 July 2022 which has now been extended until 31 July 2022.

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