The Australian Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs on 18 April 2017. As part of these reforms, the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) was replaced by a Combined list containing the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Regional Occupation List (ROL).
In order to qualify for general skill migration or employed sponsor stream to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from one of these lists and can meet the other relevant requirements of the visa.
Each state government/territory creates their own list eligible for state nomination under state nominated visa stream, i.e. subclass 190 and subclass 489 visa applications.
Candidates need to search whether their nominated occupations on are the state government’s occupation list before they proceed in seeking state nomination approval from the relevant state government.
|Subclasses||Number of eligible occupations|
|ENS visa (subclass 186)||216 skilled occupations|
|Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)||673 skilled occupations|
|Skilled Independent, Skilled Regional (Provisional) Family nominated and
Temporary Graduate visas (subclasses 189, 489 and 485)
|212 skilled occupations|
|Skilled Regional (Provisional) State or Territory nominated visa (subclass 489)||504 skilled occupations|
|Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)||427 skilled occupations|
|TSS visa (subclass 482)||508 skilled occupations|
|Training visa (subclass 407)||509 skilled occupations|
To ensure that only foreign workers of a higher skill level are sponsored, some occupations on the lists are subject to caveats.
Examples of visa caveats include:
The MLTSSL and STSOL are reviewed at least biannually to ensure Australia is targeting those occupations which it needs in the short term. Occupations can move between the MLTSSL and the STSOL, or be removed from the lists altogether. There is no guarantee that your occupation will remain on a list.
Therefore, it is important for students to be aware that there is NO guarantee that your studies in Australia will lead you to Permanent Residency. We recommend you to read our article ‘ Which course will lead to PR in Australia?’
A “Traffic Light” system is being used – with some occupations flagged that are under consideration for a proposed change in their status on the STSOL and MLTSSL.
If an occupation has been removed from the list and you have not yet lodged your applications with the relevant authorities, you may not be eligible for the visa application you have proposed.
If you are a holder of subclass 457 visa or have applied for/held a subclass 457 visa prior to 18 April 2017, you can contact our office to find your eligibility for certain visas, as grandfathering clause may be applicable to you under such circumstances.