Over the past month, Australian states and territories have slowly reopened their visa nomination systems with a number of interesting modifications. Government officials also worked to handle the forthcoming closure of the 489 program (last deadline for issuing invites for a 489 is September 10, 2019).
The Victorian government is due to launch its fresh online portal on Monday, July 29, and has altered the process from actively issuing invitations based on an EOI filed to enabling candidates to lodge an request for nomination directly with the state.
NSW has implemented a convenient online system to demonstrate the accessibility of appointment occupations, which is frequently updated. This only provides an indication of the probable amount of invitations, not an indication of the probability of being invited.
Additional requirements have also been applied to certain occupations on their Priority Skilled Occupation list, requiring applicants to live in NSW and to be employed in the NSW for at least one year in the nominated occupation.
South Australia has improved the’ high points ‘ pathway score to 85 points since 26 July, although some occupations have already been excluded from this pathway. Occupations on their State Nominated list have also been closing at a rapid pace, with some being filled out within days of the release of the new list.
BSMQ has reopened its Business Migration Program, but the Skilled Migration Program is still under review. We are recommended to reopen this soon.
EDIT 29-Jul-2019 The Queensland Skilled Migration Program has now launched with 489 Visa EOI requests prioritized till the mid-August when this path is likely to close to allow enough time for processing prior to the September cut-off.
The recent ACT data indicates that 523 invitations were given in July based on their updated ‘ Canberra Matrix. ‘ This provides a greater preference to candidates residing and working in Canberra, particularly those who have been resident for a longer period of time.
NT remains to function as normal, but handling times for applications for overseas nominations presently take about 6 months. This does not bode well for prospective Subclass 489 candidates who have restricted time left before this path ends. The NT Government is conscious of this and is reviewing their procedures in the light of the imminent closure.
The WASMOL continues limited to medical occupations, while the list of graduates provides a wider variety of occupations, especially those who have finished PhD research in the state.
Before closing this visa, the Tasmanian government announced a focus on Subclass 489 invitations. They encourage all applicants for this stream to ensure that they lodge their nomination no later than early August and cannot guarantee that those lodged later will be processed before September 10.