Newsletter 96 - Vision Overseas Group

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Provisional skills assessment concessions
As a concession during the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay period on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream visa will increase from 18 to 24 months and application requirements would be streamlined by removing the requirement for graduates to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list.
As applicants are no longer required to nominate an occupation, the requirement for a skills assessment becomes redundant. These changes will come into effect from 1 July 2022.

SA Skilled and Business Migration program closures

  • South Australia will soon be closing nomination applications and Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for the 2021-22 program year but there is still time to apply.  
  • Find the upcoming program closure dates of each subclass here.
  • Applications received prior to the closure dates will be assessed by 30 June 2022.


Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has announced that it will be changing the review of its Critical Skills List from quarterly to annually. The Critical Skills List was last updated on 12 January 2022 and applies to all Canberra Matrix applications regardless of when they were submitted.

Further information is available on the ACT Government Migration website.

The Canberra Matrix Invitation Round issued on 10 June 2022 . Find the details here.

Western Australia

Commencing in the 2022-23 program year people residing overseas are now eligible to be considered for Western Australia (WA) State nomination.

Invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be via the ranking system, giving preference to applicants currently residing in WA, followed by those residing in Australia and then those residing overseas.

The expanded Graduate occupation list will become available in 2022-23 and is outlined in the new 2022-23 WA State nomination – combined occupation list.


ACS Skills Assessment Update

To ensure you submit the correct skills application, please review the Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants for a detailed explanation of the application type criteria. 

All skills assessment fees include a total of eight assessment episodes per application. An assessment episode can be made up of qualifications or employment documentation. This means you can submit any combination of qualifications and employment episodes that total eight episodes per application. 

A $50 fee applies for each additional qualification or employment episode that exceeds the maximum of eight per application.  Fees are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Please note that all costs and charges for skilled migration will increase by CPI effective 4th July, 2022.