Australia’s SkillSelect has new choices, Updated May 2017

Desiring to have the brightest talents and skilled migrants it needs while maintaining the integrity of its skilled migration program, Australia continues to fine-tune its selection system: prioritizing processing for specific groups; identifying the specific skill sets needed and consolidating its residency and temporary work program through SkillSelect.

Highlights of the most recent changes:

TSS Key reforms include:

Employment-sponsorship for Permanent Skilled Visas has been updated to:

Job offers and employment in Regional Australia provide faster processing:

Employers in regional Australia will continue to have access to occupations under the temporary and permanent visas, to reflect their skills needs.

Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.

Significantly condensing the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa, from 19 April 2017.

Who can apply for what visa?

List of eligible skilled occupations

As part of the changes of the lists of occupations eligible for skilled migration or temporary work, Australia also identified which list to use to apply for a particular visa program: permanent or temporary.

The previous list Skilled Occupations List (SOL) posted as Schedule 1 has been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The other list Consolidated Skilled Occupations List published as Schedule 2 has been abolished as well and replaced by the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

For ease of reference, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) combined both lists simply called the List of Eligible Occupations (LEO)

Which list to use if applying for a specific visa

The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) should be consulted for skilled migrants intending to apply for any of visa/subclass below:

The Combined List of Eligible Occupations (LEO) should be used as reference if a skilled migrant intends to apply for any of the visa/subclass below:


Qualified applicants in the Express Entry pool need to meet basic requirements upon receipt of invitation to apply for permanent residence (below)

Skilled Independent 189

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated

Subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional)

The applicant in this Subclass must have

Evidence of having competent English

An applicant in the above-referenced Subclasses (and others required to prove having competent English) must provide evidence of one of the following:

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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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