Australian Skilled Immigration Reforms 2012
Reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012. Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship.
Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points tested skilled migration visas:
- Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
- Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
- Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (provisional) visa.
The distinction between onshore and offshore points tested visas and some threshold requirements will be removed – with more importance being placed on the points test to find the best suited independent skilled migrants.
If you want to apply for one of the three new points tested skilled migration visas you will still need to:
- nominate a skilled occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
- be under 50 years old
- have competent English skills.
From 1 July, if you are interested in a points-tested skilled migration visa you will need to complete an expression of interest in SkillSelect. SkillSelect is a new online system where skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia can record their details to be considered for a skilled visa. Only those who are invited by the Australian Government can lodge a visa application.