New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List for Employer Sponsored Visa Program

This Minister for Immigration released a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

Applications for occupations on the existing skilled occupation lists will still be processed but priority will be given to applications with occupations on the PMSOL list.

The17 occupations on the PMSOL are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Medical Practitioner nec
  • Midwife
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurses nec
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Maintenance Planner

Applications for these occupations will receive priority processing for following employer sponsored visa subclasses:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)​
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)​
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

While Australia’s borders remain closed on account of the coronavirus pandemic temporary visa holders must obtain a travel exemption to travel to Australia.   Applicants working in a PSMOL occupation will be eligible to request a travel ban exemption under the Critical skills exemption.

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