New changes for skilled visa occupation list from July 2014
The following occupations will be added to the SOL:
Chef (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 351311)
Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111)
Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411)
The following occupations will be added to the CSOL:
Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO 234413)
Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915)
The following titles will be changed:
Ship's Surveyor will be titled Marine Surveyor (ANZSCO 231215)
General Medical Practitioner will be titled General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)
For new applications for the above visas made on or after 1 July 2014, new assessing authorities will be specified for the following occupations:
Nurse Manager (ANZSCO 254311): Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
Nurse Educator (ANZSCO 254211): ANMAC
Nurse Researcher (ANZSCO 254212): ANMAC.
Marine Transport Professional not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 231299): Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (VETASSESS)
Introduction of Validity Period for Skills Assessments
Following amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, from 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.
A skills assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the following visas:
• Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa;
• Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa; and
• Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
A skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply through SkillSelect for the
• Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visa;
• Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visa; and
• Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.
PAM documents for the above visa subclasses have been updated to reflect this change.
These changes do not affect the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa.
The latest SBS (Radio of Australia) interview with Dr Ahmadi
Dr Sirous Ahmadi, our principal migration agent, in a very informative interview with SBS radio has recently explained some of the major changes in Australia visas. You can listen to his full interview by clicking here.