- The health and education sectors will receive the highest priority when it comes to visa processing.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, PMSOL identified occupations that filled critical skills needs.
- The Department of Home Affairs will continue to assess skilled visa applications in order of lodgement date.
Labor government has lifted its 2022-2023 skilled migration cap from 160,000 to 195,000 places. Source: Moment RF / Tashdique Mehtaj Ahmed/Getty Images
The following is the priority order for skilled visa applications:
- Visa applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation.
- For , visa applications where the applicant is nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status.
- Visa applications in relation to an occupation to be carried out in a designated regional area.
- For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.
- All other visa applications.
A new Ministerial Direction specifying the priority for processing certain skilled visas including health professionals commenced on 28 October 2022. Credit: Chris Ryan/Getty Images
“Applications with occupations that were on the PMSOL or in critical sectors will continue to be processed efficiently given the improvements in visa processing since the Government committed additional funding and staff to reduce processing times,” the DHA spokesperson told SBS Hindi.
A ministerial directive has revoked a list of 44 occupations that gave priority to visas, including several in high demand ICT roles. Credit: Public Domain
“Sectors that had occupations on the PMSOL also had numerous occupations that weren’t on the PMSOL. These occupations will now be able to be processed faster, resulting in a better service overall,” the spokesperson said.
The PMSOL had 44 occupations listed including accountant (General), Civil Engineer, Transport and electrical engineer and Veterinarian, Analyst Programmer, Developer Programmer and Software Engineer.
“I do not think it will affect any other applicants who are already waiting in the visa queue,” she says, noting that those who applied under the PMSOL, will be processed as usual.