SKILLSELECT GLITCHES

andry_at_laptop.jpgIt appears that SkillSelect has been causing a little grief. Forum posts report malfunctioning of the system; the last thing you want after all the hard work in getting your application ready, especially with all the new changes and the time sensitivity involved in making an application.

The system seems confused by the occupation lists, with invitations sent for occupations not on the appropriate list and new additions to the MLTSSL not being available for selection. On the same tangent, our team has been religiously checking the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) website for an update as to the occupation ceilings for programme year 2017/18. We are well into July but there have been no updates.

We are not sure what is going on in DIBP’s plumbing but the trigger happy releases of toughened requirements and new releases has most certainly caused a clog. Hopefully the DIBP will get these issues sorted quickly.

 

Caveats for Chefs, Cooks, and Cafe and Restaurant Managers

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What is a caveat?

Certain occupations on the 457 visa and ENS 186 visa occupation lists have been marked to have additional requirements these occupations have to satisfy. These additional requirements are termed “caveats”.

 

Are you affected?

They affect 457 visa applications that were lodged on or after 1 July 2017, or were lodged before 1 July but have not been finalised. Only ENS 186 visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017 will be affected.

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Occupation Lists Are Out! Accountants, Engineers and IT Specialists Survive for Another Year..

Medium to Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

It’s all happening now. Here to ruin or make someone’s Friday, the adjusted occupation lists have just been released.

The now renamed Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – previously the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) affect many visas – General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas and especially the employer sponsored visas. Continue reading “Occupation Lists Are Out! Accountants, Engineers and IT Specialists Survive for Another Year..”

Updates on the Changes Happening on 1 July 2017 

Employer sponsored visas (subclasses 457, 186, 187)

What’s being covered in this release:

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa changes
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visa changes
  • Changes to training benchmarks
  • Changes to the online application system – applications saved but not completed or lodged before 1 July 2017 will be lost
  • New sponsorship accreditation arrangements

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16 Restricted Occupations

Only open to certain visa programmes

The new occupation lists are complicated. Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Short Term Skilled Occupation List. Some occupations on these lists face caveats under the 457 programme, which we’ve discussed recently.man_in_front_of_maze.jpg

What is not widely understood however is that some occupations on the Long Term list are not eligible for certain visa programmes, including the 457 visa. Continue reading “16 Restricted Occupations”