Changes to Skilled Migration Occupational Ceilings Announced

natalya By Natalya Khodan
Thursday, 06 March 2014

Changes to Occupational Ceilings

Immigration announced the following changes will be in place from 1 March 2014:
  • State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations
  • The minimum ceiling for each occupational group will be 1000 invitations.

This change will be of most benefit to Engineers and IT professionals.

Invitations in these occupations become limited very quickly. As occupational ceilings no longer apply to state nominated visas, this allows such applicants to apply for state nomination even if places are limited for independent and family sponsored general skilled options.

Update on Accountants

It has previously been announced that the occupation of Accountant might be removed from the Skilled Occupations List from 1 July 2014. A decision has not yet been made, but applicants may consider a backup strategy just in case the occupation is removed.

There are a number of different occupations besides Accountant General ANZSCO 221111 which may be possible for people with accounting degrees.

In addition, Accountants would still be eligible for state sponsorship, even if the occupation is removed from the Skilled Occupations List.

Finally, the change would only come into effect from 1 July 2014, and applications lodged before this date would not be affected.

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