The Department of Home Affairs updated the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) on 22nd June 2021, which came into effect on the same day.
The PMSOL list aims to allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to enter Australia to fill urgent skills needed in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy.
The updated PMSOL identifies 41 occupations that fill critical skills needs to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
The full list could be accessed on the PMSOL article.
The occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) were based on advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies and will be reviewed regularly.
We have a current experience that any employer nominated applications for both temporary and permanent residency for occupations on the PMSOL are seeing priority processing and are being approved within a week of lodgement.
Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but will still be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.
Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active; however, if you are offshore your visa application will not be processed. Only those applicants already here in Australia being sponsored in an occupation outside the PMSOL will be granted a temporary or permanent visa. Priority processing will only be given to those occupations on the PMSOL.
Subclass 189 applications are not currently being considered at all. Subclass 190 and 491 are only available to those people who are currently already in Australia working in their occupation. The priority remains with those who are already employed in their occupation and who are here in Australia.
Occupation lists were always updated around the time of the Federal Budget in May each year. However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the occupation list remains unchanged and instead the new PMSOL has been announced and will continue to be updated when and where required according to the demands of the Australian skilled workforce.
If you have an occupation that is now on the PMSOL list and you have an Australian employer who is ready to sponsor you, please get in touch with us.