Details of the 2012-13 migration program year:
- There is a new system for skilled visas as of 1 July 2012, noting:
- the points have been reduced from 65 points to 60 points.
- The new system should expedite processing by eliminating the high number of ineligible applications being lodged (informal estimates indicated the refusal rate exceeds 50%).
- for more information on the new SkillSelect program:
- New skills lists have been released aiming to consolidate the old system (which had 6+lists) down to 2 lists.
- For more information: http://www.themigrationplace.com/2012/07/04/new-skills-list-released-1-july-2012/
- Changes to the work visa program have been implemented:
- to allow skilled workers to register an EOI with SkillsSelect to find a business sponsor.
- To allow sponsored work visa holders to apply for PR even if they are older than 45 (the age limits have been lifted – for more information: http://www.themigrationplace.com/work-visa/.
- A new allocation of visas for 2012/13:
190,000 visas are to be granted, of which 129,250 places are reserved for the Skilled Migration Program(which includes skilled and work visas).
This means that almost 70% of all visas relate to skilled visas (Skilled Independent, Employer Sponsored, State and Territory Sponsored, and Skilled Australian Sponsored (Family Sponsored) applicants)).
- How priority 5 applications are to be dealt with:
- 16,350 Skilled Independent cases are yet to be processed, and represent approximately 27,600 applicants in Priority Group 5 awaiting allocation.
- Priority Group 5 applicants still face a considerable wait until their application is processed with the DIAC warning that all priority 5 applicants that further delay is likely.
- To get priority in the queue, The Migration Place recommends lodging an EOI profile with SkillSelect, or to seek State or Regional Sponsorship (where your visa was lodged before 1 July 2010 ).