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Changes to general skilled migr...

Changes to general skilled migration programme

Changes announced to the Migration applicaiton process announced today will undoubtably make it harder for those seeking to relocate their family to Australia.Fortunately for thise who have already lodged applications, these changes will not affect anyone who has already recorded their application prior to the 8th February 2010.

The Australian Department of Immigraiton & Cultural Affairs today released an array of extensive changes to the General Skilled Migration program.

The changes announced are sure to make it harder to gain entry into Australia for many, however anyone who has already begun the process and lodged their application to migrate to Australia under the skilled program will not be affected.

Some of the changes announced include;

  1. Removal of the Migration Occupations in Demand List.
  2. Abolition of the Critical Skills List.
  3. The introduction of a new Skilled Occupations List in mid 2010.
  4. A quota being placed on pre-1 September 2007 offshore applications with applications not  coming within the quota being “terminated’ and the filing fee refunded.
  5. Changes to priority processing.
  6. A review of the points test
  7. Allowing pre-1 January 2010 trades skills assessments to be used for General Skilled Migration applications so the holders of such assessments will not be required to undertake the Job Ready Program.

There will be transitional arrangements for those that may be affected by the chages and the department has posted very helpful fact sheets on their website which will be able to help thise affected gain a better understanding of the new rules.

The below links should prove helpful.

Overview of Changes

Abolition of the Migration Occupations in Demand List

Onshore overseas students

Pre-1 September 2007 offshore applications

Changes to the Skilled Occupation List

Revocation of the Critical Skills List

Change to priority processing

Points test review

Changes to skills assessment rules regarding trades

As these changes filter through the migration community, it will be interesting to see if there is any modification.

Australia has been experiencing record incoming migraiton over the past few years, so these measures seem to be aimed at slowing the growth trend but enhancing the applicant quality even further than the current regime.

Those most affected will be skilled migrant over 40 who will now stuggle to gain the required qualification points as the required occupation bonus points have now been removed.

All information provided is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal financial circumstances or objectives. Before making a decision on the basis of this material, you need to consider, with or without the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the material is appropriate in light of your individual needs and circumstances. This information does not constitute a recommendation to invest in or take out any of the products or services provided by SMATS Services (Australia) Pty Ltd or Australasian Taxation Services Pty Ltd.

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