The Skilled and Business Migration Program (SBMP) has made a number of program changes to its Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) nomination processes to strengthen targeting, streamline operations and improve customer experience.
The following changes came into effect on Monday 10 September 2018.
1. Streamlined pathway for 457 visa holders
The current 457 streamlined processing pathway has been removed.
Eligible 457 visa holders with occupations on the Victorian nomination occupation list may still be eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination and retain existing alternate pathways to permanent residency.
2. Pathway for International PhD graduates
The current pathway for International PhD graduates will remain. However, there is now a change to processing times from the current fast-tracked two-week processing service to a new standard 12 week processing time.
The 12 week processing time applies to all skilled visa nomination applications, bringing this pathway in-line with the rest of the skilled migration program.
3. Expanded “Invitation Only” procedure
An “Invitation Only” application procedure applies across three industry groups: Information & Communication Technology, Building & Engineering and Nursing. 457 visa holders and applicants holding valid job offers are now subject to this procedure also.
SBMP will continue to periodically invite eligible, high calibre applicants in these industry groups.
Skill demand will continue to inform the number of invitations issued, which remain dependent on the number of available nomination places provisioned to Victoria by the Commonwealth under the General Skilled Migration Program.
Applicants who lodged their skilled visa nomination application prior to Monday 10 September, will be unaffected by these changes.
Applicants eligible under the existing Recent Graduate pathway continue to be exempt from the “ Invitation Only “ process and are able to apply for visa nomination directly through this website, should they meet all the relevant criteria.
Applicants for Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination remain unaffected by the invitation only procedure and are able to apply as per the instructions outlined on the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) page.
For further information about these changes contact the skilled processing team on Telephone: + 61 3 9651 9756 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org