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DIAC announce new priority processing opportunity for Australia visa applicants

by Lauren 18/02/2011 17:00:00

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) recently released some important information in regards to carrying out health and character checks prior to being assigned to a case officer that may have an impact on priority processing for a number of Australia visa applicants.

The DIAC release can be located here, but the most important aspect of it is that all priority group 2 applicants should consider initiating health and character checks now, despite having no indication that a case officer has yet been assigned to their case. Priority group 2 applicants are applicants who have obtained state sponsorship and whose occupation currently features on the State Migration Plan for that state.

Additionally, they have given the same encouragement to priority group 3 applicants (i.e. applicants that have an occupation featuring on schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List) who lodged a visa application between 15 January, 2009 and 30 June, 2010.

What are the benefits of applying for health and character checks now?

DIAC have stated the following as a reason for why applicants might wish to apply for health and character checks now:

"Initiating all necessary health and character clearances now is likely to enable an application to be considered in a quicker timeframe once it is allocated to a case officer. It may mean that a decision can be made when first considered, without a case officer needing to request any further documentation, as considerable delays can be encountered in requesting and receiving information."

However, it is important to understand that providing these clearances does not guarantee immediate processing of an application.

Why might there be negative implications of initiating health and character checks now?

DIAC have also provided the following details as to why applicants might not want to apply for health and character checks at this time:

"In undertaking these clearances now, an applicant should be mindful that processing arrangements may change over time and that any such changes may impact on the validity of a clearance and the order of assessment of applications. An applicant may be required to repeat a clearance at their cost in the event of a change to the current application allocation arrangements."

Health and character checks have a 12 month validity period, and must be current at the time the case officer makes a decision on the visa, which is why there is the possibility that you will have to repeat the police and character checks, should a decision not be made on your visa within that timeframe.

Additionally, the date which you obtained police clearances and undertake medicals dictates your initial entry date to Australia. You must enter Australia within 12 months of the earlier date recorded for your police and character checks, regardless of when the visa is granted. The initial entry date cannot be changed under any circumstances, so if the visa grant is delayed you may be left with a particularly short period in which to organise for you (and any family members) to activate your visa through a trip to Australia.

What does Visa Bureau advise?

We are advising a number of our clients to take advantage of this opportunity and initiate their health and character checks now.  However, if you do NOT hold a state sponsorship where it has been confirmed that your occupation will feature on your sponsoring state’s State Migration Plan and you lodged your visa application AFTER July 2009, we advise that you hold off on undertaking the medicals and police checks for now.

The reason for this is that applications for priority group 3 applicants is set to progress in date order, and as we monitor the rate at which these cases are being allocated, we will be able to give you an indication as to when DIAC will be approaching your lodgement date. As a result, you will still benefit from a more efficient processing timescale from DIAC and you will have a significant period in which to make your first entry to Australia following the visa grant.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australia Visa Update: Western Australia State Migration Plan released

by Lauren 10/12/2010 15:11:00

The Western Australian State
Migration Plan has been announced.

The Western Australian Government has released their State Migration Plan, which focuses largely on trade skill occupations, resource sector workers and health professionals.

Applicants who have a skill listed on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List may be eligible to apply for Western Australian State Sponsorship. Applications from prospective migrants will be accepted from 20 December 2010.

Occupations on the list include a range of resource and mining sector professions such as engineers, surveyors, geologists, as well as health professionals like nurses and dentists, and tradespeople such as electricians, mechanics and plumbers.

The full list of occupations that the Western Australian Government is willing to sponsor can be viewed here.

Western Australia has become the fifth state / territory to announce their approved State Migration Plan, following the announcements made by Victoria, the ACT, Northern Territory and Queensland. 

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to determine the occupations in which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes, as visa applicants who appear on the Western Australia list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Update to Australian skills assessment process for tradespeople - VETASSESS / TRA

by Lauren 06/12/2010 17:00:00

There have been a number of changes made to the skills assessment process for Australian visa applicants in certain trades occupations, stemming from the announcement last week that VETASSESS have been removed as a Trade Assessing Authority.

However, while TRA (Trades Recognition Australia) remain the assessing body for tradespeople, they will be delegating assessing responsibilities to other bodies as a Registered Training Organisations (RTO) for certain occupations.

As a result, VETASSESS has since been appointed as an RTO for particular occupations in particular countries, as has Victoria University.

A full list of which occupations in which countries will be assessed by VETASSESS or Victoria University can be found here. However, see below for a quick summary of some of the most important details:

Occupations Removed from VETASSESS

The following occupations will now be assessed by TRA under the Skilled Worker Program criteria.

  • Cable Jointer
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic

Occupations Added to VETASSESS / Victoria University

The following occupations will now be assessed by either VETASSESS or Victoria University.

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Electronic Equipment Trade Worker
  • Electrician (Special Class)
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Welder (First Class)

New Countries

Applicants from the following countries must now use either VETASSESS or Victoria University when completing their skills assessment, if they have an occupation featured here.

  • Ireland
  • China
  • Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Iran

Important Notes

  • Only VETASSESS can assess Diesel Mechanics.
  • Only Victoria University can assess Electricians (Special Class) and Aircraft Maintennace Engineers. 

What other changes do applicants need to be aware of? 

Self-assessment changes

The VETASSESS self-assessment process has been renamed TradeSET and is now accessible online here, with the new requirement that all applicants will be asked to print off their completed self-assessment and submit it as part of their application.

On first appearances, it doesn't appear to be too different to the current self-assessment process. However, there are still a few issues with it; for example, a number of occupations are missing (such as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) and Sheetmetal Trades Worker).

New processes / fees

At the moment, there's some confusion as to what the process will be for when applicants come to complete a practical assessment. The FAQ on this page states that there will be the option of either completing a technical interview (at a cost of AU$1,400) or an interview and practical demonstration (at a cost of AU$1,500).  However, it's still not clear whether UK applicants will be able to choose between which assessment method they proceed under or whether the country of residence will dictate the process.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visa Update: Northern Territory State Migration Plan announced

by Lauren 23/11/2010 14:57:00

The Northern Territory has announced its state
migration plan and sponsorship occupation list.

Today, the Northern Territory (NT) has released its approved State Migration Plan and the list of occupations that the NT Government is offering to sponsor along with the eligibility requirements.

The Northern Territory is the third State/Territory to reveal their approved State Migration Plan following the announcements made by both Victorian and ACT earlier this month. 

What are State Migration Plans?

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to determine the occupations in which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas.

The Northern Territory State Migration Plan is intended to improve the targeting of skills that are relevant and in demand in the region. Migrants who qualify under the plan can be sponsored for an Australian Visa by the Northern Territory.

How many sponsorship places will be available under the NT State Migration Plan?

There are a limited number of visa places available for sponsorship, and therefore some occupations are likely to be oversubscribed.  It is expected there will be periodic changes to the Northern Territory State Migration Plan Skilled Occupations List to reflect the number of nominations that have been made in a specific occupation.  The changes will also indicate if the Northern Territory Government is accepting nominations in specific occupations, or if there are limited places available.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes. Applicants who appear on the NT new list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

When can applications for sponsorship under the NT State Migration Plan be made?

Applications for sponsorship with the NT will be accepted immediately, except for occupations where the NT has indicated it will not be taking nominations at the present time.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

New Australian visa points test to be introduced on 1 July, 2011

by Lauren 11/11/2010 16:09:00

DIAC have set a date for the
introduction of the new Australian
skilled migration points test.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released preliminary information of the new points test which is currently scheduled to be implemented on 1 July, 2011.

The points test is a critical part of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) process, as in order to lodge an Australian visa application, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they both meet the basic requirements and are able to pass the points test at the time of lodging their visa.

Please note: If you have already lodged your Australian visa application, the introduction of a new points test will not affect your application whatsoever.

What does this mean for Australian visa applicants?

You can see the introduction of the new points test PDF on the DIAC site by clicking here. Our initial impression is that while many professionals stand a good chance of meeting the new points test criteria, it will be less favourable for certain tradespeople (e.g. individuals who haven't completed a formal apprenticeship).

It's important to understand that there is still some degree of uncertainty attached to this announcement, as DIAC have yet to commit to certain aspects of the points test. For example, they say that "it is expected that the pass mark will be set at 65 points" but have not committed to this as the pass mark.

Addtionally, they say that applicants with a Bachelor's degree will be awarded a specific number of points, but it isn't yet clear whether individuals with equivalent professional membership qualifications will also be awarded these points (as they are currently deemed comparable to a Bachelor's according to the country education profiles) or if it will be very strict that only applicants with a Bachelor's degree will be eligible to receive these points.

Therefore, without having these and other aspects of the new points test clarified, we are unable to definitively say what the exact rules will be and who will qualify upon its implementation on 1 July, 2011.

What other options are available to visa applicants?

As we still need to confirm who will still be able to lodge after 1 July, 2010, we are taking the precautionary measure of advising that all applicants ensure they are aware of any current state sponsored, family sponsored or independent migration options that they are eligible for.

In terms of available state sponsored options, these are dependent on the State Migration Plans (or SMPs). These been developed by State/Territory governments to essentially determine which applicants will be eligible for state sponsorship on the basis of their occupation. However, the only states and territories to have released their State Migration Plans (SMPs) are Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

There is no set timeframe for the other states and territories to release their plans, but DIAC have expressed that they should be finalised by the end of the year. This was reinforced by the Minister of Immigration, who confirmed in a speech yesterday that he has signed the SMPs for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, so hopefully these will be released shortly.

What should visa applicants do now?

Without knowing a visa applicant's specific details, it's very difficult to provide any guidance as what the best steps to take will be. For the timebeing though, we are advising that visa applicants continue to work on their application as normal, taking into consideration that all applications lodged before 1 July, 2011 will be accepted under the current points test.

To help applicants get a better understanding of the potential impact of the new points test though, I'll look at it in greater depth in an upcoming blog and provide some examples of how it could affect applicants in specific occupations and situations.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visa Update: Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reveals State Migration Plan

by Lauren 08/11/2010 11:35:00

The ACT, home of Australian
Parliament, have revealed their 
approved State Migration Plan.
 

Today, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) became the second Australian state to reveal their approved State Migration Plan. The ACT website has been updated with their Skilled Migration page confirming the SMP has been signed, along with a new list of occupations the ACT government is offering to sponsor.

What are State Migration Plans?

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to essentially determine which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas on the basis of their occupation.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes. Applicants who appear on the ACT's new list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

When can applications for sponsorship under the ACT's State Migration Plan be made?

Applications for sponsorship with the ACT will be accepted immediately.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visa Update: Victoria reveals State Migration Plan

by Lauren 01/11/2010 17:09:00

Victoria has become the first Australian
state / territory to reveal their approved
State Migration Plan.
 

Today, Victoria became the first Australian state to reveal their approved State Migration Plan. The Victorian state government website was updated this morning with an announcement regarding the State Migration Plan being signed, along with a new list of occupations the Victorian government is offering to sponsor along with associated eligibility requirements.

What are State Migration Plans?

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to essentially determine which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas on the basis of their occupation.

However, as each SMP has been needed to be approved by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship before it can be implemented, there has been a considerable wait for them to come into action, and as of 1 November, 2010, Victoria's is the only one to have been announced as approved. 

How many sponsorship places will be available under Victoria's State Migration Plan?

Details of Victoria’s cap of allocated sponsorship places have been made public, with the state allocated a total of 4,500 sponsored visa grants by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The state government has also indicated that within this cap is a quota limiting the number of sponsorship grants to be given to each occupation on their occupation list. However, there are already certain occupations for which the planning level has been already reached for the 2010/11 program year.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes. Applicants who appear on Victoria's new list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

However, we are currently in contact with the Victorian government to ascertain whether existing sponsorship holders in an occupation for which the state quota has already been reached, are to be included in the migration plan and attain greater priority.

When can applications for sponsorship under Victoria's State Migration Plan be made?

Applications for sponsorship will be accepted from 3 November, which could be taken as an indication that other SMPs may be revealed on or before that date. Further updates will be covered on the Visa Bureau blog.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

New Australian visa priority processing timeframes released

by Lauren 28/07/2010 15:30:00

Last week, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced a new priority structure for processing Australian visa applications. The new structure follows the implementation of a new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the revocation of the Critical Skills List, amongst other changes that took place on 1 July, 2010.

Upon its initial release, there were no timeframes attached to each processing priority. However, these have now been provided by DIAC, with the current processing timeframes as follows:

Current Australian Visa Processing Priorities - Updated 28/07/2010
 Processing Priority Group  Group Criteria  Processing timeframe
Priority Group 1 Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) or Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) Applications will be processed according to ENS/RSMS Service Standards
Priority Group 2 Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s State Migration Plan. Applications will be finalised 12 months from date of lodgement.
Priority Group 3 Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

Applications lodged PRIOR to 1 July 2010 will be finalised by 31 December, 2011.

Applications lodged ON OR AFTER 1 July 2010 will be finalised 18 to 24 months from date of lodgement.

Priority Group 4 All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received. All Priority Group 4 applications will only be entered into processing and finalised once all cases in priority groups 1–3 are finalised.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian visa priority processing updated

by Lauren 21/07/2010 16:35:00

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced a new priority structure for processing Australian visa applications. The new structure simplifies the previous one, which included many different categories of applications.

DIAC’s new priority structure follows the implementation of a new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the revocation of the Critical Skills List, amongst other changes that took place on 1 July, 2010. It now consists of four distinct priority groups, as follows:

Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) or Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) Processing Priority Group 1
Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s State Migration Plan. Processing Priority Group 2
Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Processing Priority Group 3
All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received. Processing Priority Group 4

The new priority structure affects all applications that have not yet been finalised, regardless of the time they were lodged or the point to which they had been processed.

Since no state or territory in Australia has released their State Migration Plan occupation lists, it is not yet possible for any application to qualify under priority group 2. Until such time, all applications will be processed according to the nominated occupation. If that occupation appears on the SOL (Schedule 3), that application will qualify under group 3. If it does not, the application will fall under group 4.

Once State Migration Plans are announced, any applicant who already holds state sponsorship from a state that also includes their occupation on the new State Migration Plan occupation list will automatically change priority groupings to priority group 2. According to DIAC’s announcement, no re-application for sponsorship will be necessary and the new priority status will be applied by default.

Although we recognise that there is more work for DIAC to do in order to process the many thousands of applications that have been kept waiting and caught out by the numerous changes within the last year and beyond, we view this as a positive step forward from DIAC. The priority structure is undoubtedly simpler, and many applicants – particularly those who are already state sponsored – are in a good position to move even further forward in the queue if their state’s migration plan accommodates their occupation.

DIAC have yet to release specific timeframes for each category, so it is not yet known how long each group can expect to wait, although it has been made clear that applications under priority group 4 can expect a "very long wait" before finalisation, possibly a timeframe of three years from the point of lodgement.

Further blogs will follow shortly outlining where this leaves other types of applications, and clarify any questions that applicants may have at this time.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the switch from ASCO to ANZSCO

by Lauren 09/07/2010 17:39:00

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) have recently provided comment on the re-classification of occupations following the recent switch from the Australian Skilled Classification of Occupations (ASCO) to the Australia and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). You can click here to read it for yourself. 

While applicants who have received a positive skills assessment from ACS are able to stay in the occupation that they have been matched to, ACS have made provisions for applicants who wish to be assessed in an occupation that their current one does not correlate to. These applicants are able to apply for a new skills assessment to be recognised under a new occupation by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The ANZSCO occupations that have been matched to the ASCO occupations are as follows, including whether they will appear on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL - Schedule 3) AND/OR the State and Territory Skilled Occupation List (StatSOL - Schedule 4):
ASCO
ANZSCO
On SOL?
(Schedule 3)
On StatSOL?
(Schedule 4)

Computing Professional (nec)

Software and Applications Programmers (nec)

No

Yes

IT Manager

Chief Information Officer

No

Yes

Applications and Analyst Programmer

Analyst Programmer
OR
Developer Programmer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Computer Systems Auditor

ICT Security Specialist

No

Yes

Software Designer

Software Engineer

Yes

Yes

Systems Designer

Computer Network and Systems Engineer
OR
ICT Business Analyst
OR
Network Analyst
OR
Systems Analyst

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Systems Manager

Database Administrator
OR
Systems Administrator

No

No

Yes

Yes

Systems Programmer

None

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As you will see, some ASCO occupations can be matched to multiple ANZSCO occupations, some of which are on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and some of which are not. Additionally, all ANZSCO occupations also feature on the StatSOL. The only exception is the Systems Programmer ASCO occupation as this has yet to be matched against an ANZSCO occupation. Whether this was a deliberate omission by DIAC remains to be clarified.

If you have an ASCO occupation that has multiple ANZSCO occupation matches, we are presuming you can choose from any of these ANZSCO occupations in order to proceed with your visa application. HOWEVER, we recommend that you proceed under the occupation that is most fitting to your circumstances and history. If you are applying for a Skilled Independent (subclass 175) visa or a Skilled Family Sponsored  (subclass 176 / 475) visa, please be aware that your recent work experience needs to be in an occupation that features on the SOL. Additionally, if you are requiring state sponsorship then there may be some further criteria which could prevent you from proceeding under certain ANZSCO occupations.

For example: Should you have received a positive skills assessment in the ASCO occupation of Systems Designer and you qualify for a Skilled Family Sponsored (subclass 176) visa, you could potentially lodge your visa application with ICT Business Analyst as your nominated ANZSCO occupation. However, if you are unable to demonstrate that your references are most in line with ICT Business Analyst tasks (as opposed to the tasks associated with another potential ANZSCO occupation match that isn't on the SOL, such as Computer Network and Systems Engineer) then you will not meet the criteria. 

Getting an occupation classified by the ACS

Should you wish to be reclassified under a new occupation by the ACS, then you will need to have your application reassessed, though we are currently unsure of how long it will take for applicants to be reassessed.

This service is free to all applicants who received a positive skills assessment between 1 May, 2010 and 30 June, 2010, although most applicants will need to gather further references etc. Applicants who received a positive skills assessment prior to 1 May, 2010 that wish to receive a  skills assessment under a different occupation classification will have to submit an entirely new skills assessment. 

While it's very likely that a number of States and Territories will feature IT occupations on their State Migration Plan sponsorship lists, as ANZSCO is an entirely new classification system, we have no way of knowing which specific occupations will become most 'desirable'. Therefore, I would advise against taking any action at this time.

 UPDATE: The Department of Immigration website mapping table (schedule 3) now reflects a match for Systems Programmer to Developer Programmer under ANZSCO. The new SOL is dated August 2010.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.