What you need to know about the Australian 2014/2015 Migration Programme
The new fiscal year has started on 1st July 2014 and everyone is eager to know what’s in and what’s out, what has changed and if the changes are for the better. A total of 128,550 places are allocated for skilled migrants, including employer sponsored, general skilled and business migrants. In a nutshell, everyone is pleased that there are no major changes to the migration programme this year.
Here are some points that you need to know:
Skilled Occupational List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupational List (CSOL)
– Occupations added to the SOL
Chef (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 351311)
Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111)
Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411)
– Occupations added to the CSOL
Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO 234413)
Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915)
There were no removal of any occupation from the SOL or CSOL for this programme year.
Criteria and Points Test System
This is another relief to know that there is no change in criteria to be eligible for Skilled Migration and there is absolutely no changes to the point test system.
Skilled Occupational List ( for Skilled Independent 189/Skilled Regional Sponsored 489 -Family Stream)
The minimum ceiling for each occupational group will be 1000 invitations.
State and Territory Nominated Visas ( for Skilled Nominated 190/Skilled Regional Sponsored 489-State Nomination)
State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations and the quota for the occupation will be determined according to the respective state’s demand list.
Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants
Starting November 2014 , the IELTS andOET is not the only English Language Test scores that will be accepted by DIBP for the visa application. Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) will also be accepted coming November.