Priority Migration Skilled List COVID-19
A New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) 2020 is announced. Is your occupation one of them?
On the 2nd September 2020, the Australian Minister for Population, Cities, and Urban Infrastructure, Hon Alan Tudge, has announced to the media that a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) has been released.
Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) is a list of occupations that are considered as critical for some sectors in Australia. During this COVID-19 pandemic, migrant workers have been having difficulties to enter Australia and get a work permit due to the closed borders. But with this new opportunity, it is hoped that Australia may be able to fill the needs of skilled workers in critical sectors which will lead Australia to restore its health sector and economic sector.
There are 17 occupations listed in this PMSOL in which they are considered by the National Skills Commission with some advice from the relevant Commonwealth agencies. These occupations are needed in the critical sectors of health care, construction, and IT.
The 17 occupations with each ANZSCO code are as listed below:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111);
- Construction Project Manager (133111);
- Mechanical Engineer (233512);
- General Practitioner (253111);
- Resident Medical Officer (253112);
- Psychiatrist (253411);
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999);
- Midwife (254111);
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412);
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415);
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418);
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422);
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423);
- Registered Nurses nec (254499);
- Developer Programmer (261312);
- Software Engineer (261313);
- Maintenance Planner (312911).
This list is only temporary and may change once Australia recovers economically and medically. Australian government will keep on monitoring the progress made on the labor market.
With this PMSOL being announced, it does not mean that other occupations will not be processed at all. Other occupations will, of course, still be considered and be processed. However, the occupations on PMSOL will be prioritized upon others at this given time.
Can I enter Australia with these new Priority Migration Skilled nominations?
If your occupation is one of the PMSOL listed above, you may request for a travel exemption in which you may enter Australia regardless of the closed borders. However, you will still be required to have the strict 14-day quarantine once you set foot in Australia and the expense will be on your own.
This travel exemption should be applied at least two weeks, but not more than three months before you plan to travel.
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