Newsletter 79 - Vision Overseas Group

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ACT Invitation Round

ACT Invitation Round took place on 10 February 2022 invitations were issued as follows: 

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 

  • 190 nominations: 2 invitations (minimum 85 points) 
  • 491 nominations: 1 invitation (75 points) 

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 

  • 190 nomination: 1 invitation 
  • 491 nomination: 0 invitation 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 

  • 190 nomination: 42 invitations  
  • 491 nomination: 58 invitations 

Overseas applicants 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations: 

  • 190 nomination: 4 invitations 
  • 491 nomination: 52 invitations 

DHA Invitation Round

DHA conducted an Invitation round on 21 January 2022. Total of 400 applicants were invited. No pro rata occupations were invited during the 21 January 2022 round. 

Victoria Program Review Update

Victoria has published program review details for the year 2021-22. For the period 1 July 2021 to 31 January 2022, 87% of all nominated skilled visa applicants held an Australian qualification. 4% of all nominated applicants held a PhD, of which more than 74% were from Australian universities. For more detailed information about points and occupations selected, please see ROIs selected.

Australian borders – 21 February 2022

Australia’s borders will be fully reopened on 21 February 2022 to all double vaccinated travellers, business people and visitors. Those who are not vaccinated will be required to apply for a travel entry exemption and undertake quarantine if granted permission to enter the country.

Student and WHM work rights changes – BVA holders

Student visa holders will be able to work unlimited hours and that the six month work limitation has been lifted for WHM.

Home Affairs has confirmed that these same conditions also apply to BVA holders where:

  • the BV holder’s last visa held was a student visa and they have 8104 or 8105, the visa holder is able to work unlimited work hours. BV holders who do not have this condition are not able to work unlimited hours.
  • The relaxation of the 6 month work limitation on WHM visa holders also apply to WHM-associated BV holders.

NSW Skilled nominated visas 

Some changes have been made to the invitation processes for NSW Skilled migration nomination. These changes will be applied to all SkillSelect EOIs regardless of when they were submitted or amended.

Offshore candidates: Offshore candidates skilled in occupations within some ANZSCO unit groups will now be considered in invitation rounds. These unit groups are identified with a tick (✔) under the ‘Offshore’ column.

Work experience requirement:

A minimum of three years work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation is required for occupations within some ANZSCO unit groups. These unit groups are identified with a tick (✔) under the ‘Experience’ column.

The work experience requirement (where applicable) applies to both onshore and offshore applicants.

Further information about the NSW State nominated program can be found on the NSW Migration website.

ACT Migration 

Some changes have also been made to the ACT Doctorate/PhD streamlined nomination process. The ACT Government has added an additional requirement, that a significant economic benefit in nominating the applicant is also demonstrated.

An applicant may be invited to apply for ACT nomination if your employment is of significant economic benefit to the Territory, and you do not meet the current eligibility criteria. You cannot request or apply for this pathway. The invitation can ONLY be initiated by the ACT government.

SA Migration 

Changes to Business Migration client meetings from 1 February 2022, current and future holders of a Subclass 188 or Subclass 132 visa will no longer be required to meet with Skilled & Business Migration on-arrival or during their visa qualification period. This change will not affect any current or future visa holders’ eligibility to meet the requirements at the Subclass 132 Review or Subclass 888 Permanent Residency stage.

Any changes to the proposed business plan or enquires on eligibility for the Subclass 132 Review or Subclass 888 Permanent Residency stage should be submitted via the Skilled & Business Migration Portal.

South Australia will also open Registrations of Interest (RoIs) to applicants currently residing offshore in a further 259 occupations on the State’s Skilled Occupation List from 16 February 2022. The requirements for state nomination, including the subclasses offered, will vary depending on the occupation. Full requirements will be shown on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List from 2pm, ACST, Wednesday 16 February 2022.