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Australia adds more occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

Following a feedback from local Australian business stakeholder on critical skill vacancies, 22 new occupations have been added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

The change is to address ongoing skills shortages across many industries, including hospitality, IT and engineering and will allow local business to fill vacancies created by departure of hundreds of students and temporary visa holders who were unable to remain or return to Australia.

The updated the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List includes the following occupations:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)*
  • Management Accountant (221112)*
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)*
  • External Auditor (221213)*
  • Internal Auditor (221214)*
  • Surveyor (232212)*
  • Cartographer (232213)*
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)*
  • Civil Engineer (233211)*
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)*
  • Structural Engineer (233214)*
  • Transport Engineer (233215)*
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)*
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)*
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)*
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)*
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)*
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)*
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)*
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)*
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)*
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)*

* Indicates occupation added in June 2021

Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed with priority given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.​

This is good news but those who are looking to emigrate independently might face a long wait for an invitation to apply for a visa. There is still a substantial backlog of applications in the Skill Select network with EoIs for the 189 visa exceeding 77,000, including 17,894 form Software and Applications Programmers, 12,057 from Accountants and 10,177 from Registered Nurses. Invitation rounds are currently held every 4 months and only a handful of invitations are being issued. This trend seems to suggest that prospective applicants will stand a better chance of applying for the visa with offer of employment in Australia in place.

Indeed, if you have a job offer in the above occupations it will mean that you are able to get your application processed quicker and you will be granted exemption to travel.

Priority processing of nomination and visa applications for PMSOL occupations applies to the following employer sponsored visas:

484 – Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS)
494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
189 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa

If you have a job offer from an Australian employer, Emigrate to Australia at Taylor Hampton Solicitors can assist you with the application process. We can also assist with many other applications that you may be looking to apply for such as Spouse, De-Facto Spouse and Fiancée , Resident Return Applications, Global Talent Applications and Business Related Applications: [email protected]


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