03 August 2007
Changes to Australia's skilled migrant visa
An overhaul of Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) rules is good news for British skilled migrants.
The changes include increasing the English language threshold for GSM visa applicants and rewarding GSM visa applicants who have very good English language proficiency.
Changes to the points test put greater emphasis on the work experience of skilled migrants. There will be tighter requirements on the links between study, work experience and nominated occupation.
A new requirement has been introduced for skilled migrants applying under the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL).
Points under MODL will now only be awarded to applicants with at least 12 months experience in their nominated occupation or one that is closely related.
There is a focus on simplifying the GSM visa structure overall, with the current 15 GSM visa subclasses being reduced to nine. The aim is to help applicants easily identify the visa class best suited to them.
The changes announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will come into effect on September 1st 2007. People who have made an application for a skilled migrant visa on or before August 31st 2007 will not be affected by the changes.
More information is available on Visa Bureau’s skilled migration pages.
Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by taking Visa Bureau's online assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.