Hard to Fill Jobs in Australia Creates Easier Pathway to Residency

Australia's yearly cycle of migration allows States and Territories to nominate skilled migrants outside of the annual quota. Find out which State or Territory has your occupation on its list.

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Hard to Fill Jobs in Australia Creates Easier Pathway to Residency
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on September 5, 2015 | Australia


Canada no longer has a list of occupations eligible to apply for residency. The list was abolished with the creation of the Express Entry selection system.

However, Australia and New Zealand have maintained – and continuously update – a list of occupations that each country needs.

If your occupation is on one or more of Australia’s State or Territory’s list, you could be sponsored for permanent residency by being nominated.

You might already be aware that there is a quota or ceiling for each occupation on the list.  Click here for the latest tally on which occupations still are open for nomination. – http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil.  If not directed to the website, copy the link to your browser.

The good news is that the cap does not apply for those nominated by a State or Territory.

To be nominated, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency and obtain a positive or suitable assessment from the specific assessing organization for your occupation.  For Filipinos the British Council provides the review and exam dates in the Philippines - http://www.britishcouncil.ph/exam/ielts/dates-fees-locations

For most general occupations, the assessing body is the VETASSESS.  Check the list below and click the link to get the most recent, official, updated information about State or Territory nomination for the province you intend to migrate to or seek nomination.

Websites for Australia’s State and Territories - http://skillselect.govspace.gov.au/2013/04/26/i-am-seeking-state-or-territory-government-nomination/

CONSOLIDATED SKILLED OCCUPATIONS LIST - http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/CSOL

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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