Changes to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was first announced in September 2020. It was developed along with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to aid Australia’s economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
This week, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke MP announced the addition of 22 occupations to this list bringing the total number of occupations on the PMSOL to 41. Included in this list are accountants which is of particular interest to Visa Solutions and their accounting industry colleagues who are currently looking to recruit offshore.
Accountants and various other occupations were added after the Morrison Government consulted with small, medium and large Australian employers, business leaders and industry bodies to determine business needs.
Visa holders who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation will be subject to quarantine at their own expense.
While existing skilled occupation lists still remain active and visas will still be processed, priority will be given to occupations on the PMSOL.
If you would like to learn more about the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List or any other aspects of migration contact Visa Solutions on 1800 828 008.
While Australian borders are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel exemptions may apply under the following circumstances:
– A traveller has a compassionate or compelling reason to visit Australia
– Overseas workers holding a Subclass 482 or 400 visa are required to undertake a job in Australia that cannot be filled by a local employee
Visa Solutions Australia has been successful in acquiring a broad range of exemptions, from critical workers to those needing to travel on compassionate grounds.