Trades, IT services and nursing dominate the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2016 / 2017. People working in these professions, and others listed, are given preferential status when applying for Australian residency visas.
The list is set out by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The update will come into effect from 1 July 2016.
If you hold a qualification listed on the SOL, you are more likely to succeed in your visa application. This affects people who apply for the following visas:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled Regional Provisional visa (subclass 489)
- Graduate Temporary visa (subclass 485)
What’s on the list?
Other than trades, IT professions and nursing, various engineering positions, including electrical and mechanical, feature frequently on the list.
Most occupations are unchanged from previous years. However, there have been a few removals, including positions in dentistry along with environmental and occupational health and safety.
Prospective applicants can view the full Skilled Occupations List (SOL) here.
The Department has also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL), which is used for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa applications.
Qualifying for an Australian visa
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