Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge has released a media statement which demonstrates their recognition of critical skills needed to support Australian businesses
The new priority skills list will allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy. The National Skills Commission in consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies have finalised a list of 17 occupations which are now listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) .These priority occupations were critical skills identified to achieving the goal of recovering Australia’s economy.
The Acting Minister stated in his joint media release with Senator Michaelia Cash that … “These occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors will supercharge both our health and economic response to COVID-19.
What does this mean for visa applicants who hold these critical skills sets?
This means that if you have been sponsored or intend to be sponsored for the roles on the priority migration skills occupations list, that you can be considered for a request for an exemption to travel restrictions and once you have your visas approved, and exemption approved, you can make arrangements to travel to Australia immediately. You will however be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at your own expense.
The rest of the standard temporary sponsorship visa processes such as Labour market testing etc will still be required to be able apply for sponsorship for these applications.
The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
Contact us if you have these skills sets and need to apply for these positions urgently along with your employer sponsored applications.