2020 State Nomination for Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Update Post Federal Budget Allocation Announcement
The Federal Budget Allocation for 2020-2021 Financial Year was released last week. The budget further confirms the impact of COVID-19 for Australian program for migration. Here are the new 2020 October summary of the changes of Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass 190) nomination program from each state:
Skilled Nomination Changes 2020 for Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The last invitation round was on 16 October 2020 and the upcoming invitation round is expected to be announced by 23 October 2020.
The ACT government advised that the minimum ranking score will not guarantee the invitation but rather should be used as an indication only. Instead, the date and time of the Canberra Matrix submission determines the ranking. The ACT government refers to the Critical Skills Occupation list for its 190 visa program.
New Skilled Nomination Regulations for New South Wales (NSW) Sydney
No set dates have been officially issued by New South Wales (NSW) for its invitation rounds for this month but the next one is expected to be initiated soon.
The NSW government is following the direction of the Department of Home Affairs’ direction to only invite skilled workers who dwell within NSW, whose occupation is in the following chosen sectors: health, ICT, and engineering in response to COVID-19. Direct application for the NSW state nomination is not allowed and candidates will be invited to apply for one.
October 2020 Skilled Nomination Changes for Victoria Melbourne
At the moment, the Victorian government will only consider applications based on the Registration of Interest submission (by 21 September 2020) for its state nomination selection.
Candidates must be currently working in Victoria and in the health and medical research sector in the past 6 months. The list of occupations referred by the Victorian government is limited. More information in regards to Victoria state nomination are expected to be delivered soon.
Skilled Visa Regulation 2020 Changes for Western Australia (WA) Perth
The state nomination for the 190 visa program is still under suspension by the WA government. They will most likely open the state nomination application again sometime this month (in October). The nominated occupations for WA state nomination previously referred to Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) and Western Australian Graduate Occupation List (WAGOL) for the general and graduate stream respectively.
Skilled Nomination Changes 2020 for Darwin Northern Territory (NT)
The NT government is still accepting and assessing onshore application for all of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) and Business Investment and Innovation Program although its state nomination cannot be issued until the quota is received. On the other hand, offshore application for NT state nomination is still suspended.
State Nomination Changes for South Australia (SA)
The South Australia’ skilled occupation list for 190 visa program is currently unavailable but it is expected to be published soon by the SA government.
Candidates must meet all requirements from the state and the Department of Home Affairs eligibility criteria to be considered for the nomination.
Skilled Nomination State Nomination Changes for Queensland
The Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) program has been suspended by the Queensland government since 1 July 2020. It is expected to be re-opened soon following the Federal Budget Allocation announcement for the new financial year.
Federal Budget 2020 Skilled Nomination Changes for Tasmania
The interim visa nomination allocation and priority occupations list will still be used by the Tasmanian government for its state nomination. Nominees must commit to live and work in Tasmania for two years should the visa be granted.
More details are expected to be delivered by the government shortly.
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