July each year is when Australia makes changes to its Skilled Occupation List or SOL.

Many have been waiting for the new SOL for some months, waiting to see whether their occupation or trade has been removed to finalize their decision to apply for immigration.

The Australian Government removes and adds new occupations or trades, depending on the demand of the market place and business interests.

For July 2015,  the following changes have been made to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) :


The following occupations have been removed from the SOL but remain on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List or CSOL:

The following occupations have been added to the SOL

Invitation rounds will be held once monthly beginning  July 2015.  The dates of rounds will be advised in advance of each round.  For July, the maximum numbers of invitations to be issued are as follows:

6 July 2015
  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189): 2,300
  • Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489): 30

If you are applying for subclass 489, there is no need to worry. This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for that category.

Word of advice.  If you are fortunate enough to be selected, be prepared to lodge your visa application within the 60-day validity period.  SkillSelect has no functionality at the moment to extend the validity period of an invitation to apply for a visa. 

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