Due to change of Australian Government, Anthony Albanese, the new Prime Minister of Australia has confirmed that the Hon Andrew Giles has been appointed as the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs within the new Labor ministry.
It’s reported that Minister Andrew Giles has experience in migration law as he represented refugees from MV Tampa while working for Holding Redlich. He has also worked for Slater and Gordon as an employment lawyer.
The Hon Clare O’Neil is the new Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security. She’ll be taking over a downsized portfolio after responsibility for the AFP was transferred to the Attorney General’s Department.
Provisional Skills Assessment Concessions in 485 Visa
Source has confirmed with the Department that as part of the concession during the Covid-19, the announcement by former Minister Hawke on November 25, 2021, clarified that the stay period for Graduate Work Stream 485 will be extended from 18 to 24 months.
Due to change of Australian Government, graduates will no longer be required to nominate an occupation from the Skilled Occupations List when applying. The requirement for a skills assessment has become irrelevant since applicants are no longer required to nominate an occupation. These new rules and changes will be implemented from July 1, 2022. There’s no update regarding whether this concession will continue after 2022/2023.
Updates on Australian Capital Territory
The ACT has announced that it will be reviewing its Critical Skills List annually instead of quarterly. The Critical Skills List was recently updated on January 12, 2022. It involves all Canberra Matrix applications no matter when they were submitted.
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Updates on Western Australia
Western Australia has announced changes to the 2022-23 program. Offshore applicants will be eligible to apply. Further, the number of occupations has been increased under the Graduate Stream. The updated nomination criteria for the WA State in 2022-23 are currently available.
Beginning in the 2022-23 program year, people from offshore can apply for a Western Australia (WA) State nomination. For WA State nomination, applicants will be invited through the ranking system. Priority will be given to WA residents, followed by Australians, and finally foreigners.
WA residents will be given priority, followed by Australians, and then foreigners. Up to 300 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupations List (GOL).
During the 2022-23 program year, an inclusive Graduate Occupation List under the Graduate stream will be available for applicants. As there’re more than 300 new occupations available in the Graduate Occupation List (GOL).
Graduate occupations will be available in 2022-23. Applications for WA State nomination under the new GOL will not be available until the 2022-23 program year.
Change of Australian Government – Final Words!
Due to the change of Australian Government, former Minister Hawke announced on November 25, 2021, clarifies that the stay period for Graduate Work Stream 485 will be extended from 18 to 24 months. Applicants will no longer need to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list. The changes will be implemented from the 1st of July 2022.
If you need more information about the Provisional Skills Assessment Concessions in 485 Visa or WA State Nomination, you can book a consultation with us.
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