Newsletter 86 - Vision Overseas Group

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Northern Territories

NT DAMA has been amended to better support Territory businesses address critical workforce shortages.

Please find more information here

NT DAMA occupations list updated

Under the NT DAMA, overseas workers can be nominated for the 124 occupations under the 4 year Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa or the 5-year Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa.

Updated list here – https://industry.nt.gov.au/migration-for-business/northern-territory-designated-area-migration-agreement/nt-dama-occupations-list 

Western Australia

WA has announced having received additional nomination allocations for the State Nominated Migration Program.

Migration Services will proceed with finalising State nomination applications currently on-hand. Applicants will be contacted as required.
 

New applications for State nomination are now being accepted, with the next invitation round anticipated to be held in the first week of April 2022.

For more information, please refer to the WA website here

Tasmania

Migration Tasmania quota update as follows: 

Tasmania’s nomination quota for the 2021-22 program year is:
Subclass 491 – 2200 places – 1415 places used
Subclass 190 – 1100 places – 871 places used

Migration Tasmania has received around 1000 new applications since December.
With less than 1300 places remaining and around 1300 applications for nomination yet to be finalised. Migration Tasmania is very likely to significantly exceed available quota.

More than 1 480 applications for nomination are yet to be decided, including more than 610 for subclass 190 and 860 for subclass 491. 

Migration Tasmania is currently considering options to manage the expected demand for nomination against the remaining places. This may include temporarily closing to new applications.

While Migration Tasmania is still accepting new applications at this stage, the current volume and limited remaining places mean that new applications may not be considered or able to be nominated in the 202122 program year.

Source: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/news/2021-2022_program_year_update 

ACT Invitation Round

ACT Invitation Round took place on 28 March 2022 invitations were issued as follows: 
 

Canberra residents 

 Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 

190 nominations: 0 invitation    

491 nominations: 1 invitation  (65 points) 

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 

190 nomination: 1 invitation (110 points) 

491 nomination: 0 invitation 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 

190 nomination: 37 invitations  

491 nomination: 50 invitations 
 

Overseas applicants 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations: 

190 nomination: 5 invitations 

491 nomination: 75 invitations 
 

DHA Global Visa processing time

Get processing times for other visas here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times 
 

Migration Program Planning Levels

The 2022-23 Migration Program will have 160000 places!
 

Find detail information here.

Source – https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels

2022-23 Budget

As part of our plan for a stronger future, the Government is addressing critical skill shortages, driving innovation and attracting investment as part of the 2022-23 Budget.

Migration – Skill stream

The Morrison Government’s Migration Program will focus on skilled migration, with a return to a pre-pandemic composition of roughly two-thirds/one-third across the Skill and Family streams.

The Skill stream will increase to 109,900, more than 30,000 places above 2021-22 planning levels.

Within the Skill stream the categories of Employer Sponsored (30,000 places), Skilled Independent (16,652 places) and State & Territory Nominated (20,000 places) have all been increased from 2021-22 planning levels.

Regional visas will more than double to 25,000 places to support growth in regional Australia.

Business Innovation and Investment (9,500 places), Global Talent (8,448 places) and Distinguished Talent (300 places) categories will ensure that Australia remains a favoured destination for the world’s best and brightest individuals and entrepreneurs.

Occupation lists will be reviewed and updated in early 2022-23 to reflect changes in Australia’s labour market, based on advice from the National Skills Commission.

Migration – Family stream

As part of the Government’s migration program, the Family stream will provide an estimated 50,000 places to support family reunion.

The Partner and Child visa categories are estimated to deliver 40,500 and 3,000 visas respectively (delivery of Partner and Child visas will be subject to demand and visa processing requirements); while 6,000 places will be available for Parent visas; and 500 places for Other Family visas.

From 2022-23, Partner visa processing will move to a demand-driven model.

Working Holiday Makers

To support Australia’s economic future and the sustained growth of the tourism sector, the Government has announced a one-off cap increase to the number of places available to WHMs from countries with which Australia has a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement.

To further encourage the arrival of WHMs to Australia, between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022, Working Holiday Maker (WHM) (subclasses 417 and 462) visa holders who arrive in Australia can apply for a refund of the visa application charge (VAC). This complements visa refunds for Student (subclass 500) visa holders who arrive between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022.

Humanitarian program

The 2022-23 Humanitarian Program will be maintained at the current ceiling of 13,750 places and over the forward estimates, to ensure Australia remains one of the most generous humanitarian resettlement countries in the world and can respond flexibly to humanitarian crises overseas.

To support migrant and refugee youths to enter a competitive job market and realise their full potential, the 2022-23 Budget allocates an additional $9.2 million for a Youth Transition Support (YTS) services program. This 12-month extension builds on existing work to assist young migrants to improve their education, employment and social cohesion outcomes.