Australia recently introduced a skilled migration occupation list that includes a list of 18 professions that fill critical skills needed to support the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Learn more about what the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) is, the professions that have been included in the skilled migration list and what you can do now if you are considering applying for a skilled work visa in Australia.
What is The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List?
On 2 September 2020, the Government announced the introduction of a Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
This comes as a decisive measure from the government to help protect the health of Australians during the global pandemic by carefully calibrating skilled migration to fill critical skills needs that will support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
The PMSOL is based on advice from the National Skills Commission (NSC) and consultation with other Commonwealth departments.
This list is temporary and the priority occupations may change as Australia continues to recover from the pandemic.
Which Occupations Are Included in The Australian Skilled Migration List?
To date, 18 professions have been identified as having key skills to helping bolster Australia’s efforts to recover from the pandemic (with ANZSCO code):
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Social Worker (272511)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
In order to ensure the PMSOL remains responsive to the changing skilled workforce needs of businesses, the NSC continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 upon the Australian labour market and skills needs as they evolve and new sources of data emerge.
What Are Your Options For Applying For A Skilled Work Visa?
The professions included in the PMSOL will be given priority for employer sponsored nomination and visa applications in the following skilled work visa subclasses:
- Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)
There are many reasons why you should consider applying for a skilled work visa to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you are currently engaged in any of these professions then you will have the added benefit of priority processing during this time.
Contact our immigration lawyers and registered migration agents today to help fast track your visa application to work in Australia.