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Dear All GMS clients,

There is an important update with regards to Australia Immigration. Please read below.
State Migration Update – End 2020

As we near the end of the 2019-2020 financial year, the Australian States and Territories are swiftly updating their Nomination programs for the Subclass 190 and 491 visas.

The following information has been made available to date.

South Australia – Closed will reopen in early August 2020.

Migrate SA closed their State Nomination program at 9pm Adelaide time on 28 June 2020. Any applications that were not submitted and paid for by this time were deleted.

* SA has advised that the program will reopen for the 2020-2021 year in early August 2020.

“Skilled and Business Migration programs are scheduled to re-open from early August. This will be dependent on the Commonwealth Government’s allocation of state nomination places for program year 2020-21.”

Source: https://migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/news-releases/program-update

New South Wales – now closed until further notice

The NSW Government briefly opened their Subclass 491 visa program until 5pm 26 June 2020 for applicants already living in regional NSW, and who had an occupation on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List.

* 491 visa program has now closed until further notice. The Subclass 190 visa program appears to still be available.

“NSW is currently closed to applications for nomination under the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

NSW will open to new nominations once the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs provides us with an allocation of positions for 2020-21. Invitation rounds for NSW nomination under the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) will also commence at this time.

At this stage we are unable to advise when this will occur.”

Source:https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/visa-and-nomination

Queensland – Closed not due to be released until October 2020

BSMQ have closed their nomination program for both the 190 and 491 visas this financial year. Applicants who have been invited to lodge a QLD Nomination application will continue to be processed, however, if no nomination is received by 30 June then a new EOI will need to be lodged once the program reopens.

We are advised that BSMQ are waiting to hear from the Department of Home Affairs in relation to their quota numbers for the new financial year, and that this may be delayed due to the budget (not due to be released until October 2020)

“BSMQ has been advised by the Department of Home Affairs (HA) that it will not be in a position to open the 2020/21 migration program on 1 July 2020.

As a consequence, BSMQ’s business and skilled migration program will remain closed on 1 July 2020 until further notice. Please note:  BSMQ will not be accepting any Expressions of Interests (EOIs) submitted on Skillselect from 1 July 2020.  We will post an advice on this website, should the situation change.

BSMQ appreciates your patience in these challenging COVID-19 times. We thank you for your commitment to Queensland and look forward to opening the business and skilled migration program as soon as is possible.”

Source: https://migration.qld.gov.au/latest-news/bsmq-business-and-skilled-program-remains-closed-on-1-july-2020/

Northern Territory – closed New eligibility requirements for all nominations will apply as of 1 July 2020

The Territory page advises that their program remains closed to offshore applicants at this stage. New eligibility requirements for all nominations will apply as of 1 July 2020.

 Victoria – closed will not reopen until the new financial year quota is received.

The Victorian nomination program closed at the end of May 2020 and will not reopen until the new financial year quota is received.

“The Victorian Government’s state nomination program will remain temporarily closed while we await the Commonwealth Government’s allocation of state nomination places for 2020-21. In the meantime, you will not be able to apply for the following state nomination visas:

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

The 2020-21 Victorian state nomination program will open at a date to be advised after further advice from the Commonwealth Government. Please check our website news regularly for more information.”

Source: https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-events/news/2020/update-to-victorias-subclass-491,-190,-188-and-132-visa-nomination-programs

Tasmania – No updates on any closure or change to requirements as yet.

Tasmania has allowed some flexibility for some applicants affected by COVID-19 who are trying to meet the requirements for TAS state nomination. No updates on any closure or change to requirements as yet.

“The Australian Government has not yet allocated nomination quotas to the states and territories for the 2020-2021 program year. While applications for state nomination by Tasmania remain open and will continue to be considered, no nominations can be made in SkillSelect until quotas are allocated.

Migration Tasmania currently does not have an indication of the size of the 2020 -2021 nomination quota and cannot guarantee all eligible applicants will be nominated.”

Source: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/news/2020-2021_program_year_update

Western Australia – made changes to their occupation

The WA government made changes to their occupation list on 16 June 2020, removing Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422) and adding Nuclear Medicine Technologist (251213) and Physicist (234914) – with the specialisation of Medical Physicist.

 Australian Capital Territory – The next invitation round is due on or before 15 July.

The ACT conducted an invitation round on 3 June, issuing 81 invitations for 190 visas. No 491 invitations have been issued since 21 April due to meeting quota.

“The ACT Nomination Program (including the Canberra Matrix) will remain temporarily closed while we await the Commonwealth Government’s allocation of state nomination places for 2020-21.”

 Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/visas/

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