Australian Skilled Occupation List updated: Do you qualify?

The new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2016 / 2017 was recently released and is still dominated by trades, IT services and nursing. People working in these professions, and others listed, are given preferential status when applying for Australian residency visas.

The list is set out by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The update will come into effect from 1 July 2016.

If you hold a qualification listed on the SOL, you are more likely to succeed in your visa application. This affects people who apply for the following visas:

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Regional Provisional visa (subclass 489)
  • Graduate Temporary visa (subclass 485)

How the Skilled Occupation List is created

The SOL is created through a two-step process. First, occupations that may face resource problems due to the time people take to qualify and/or become proficient are identified. Then, the medium- to long-term needs of the economy for each nominated occupation are analysed. This determines if the occupation would benefit from independent skilled migration.

What’s on the list

In the coming year, the SOL is dominated by trades, IT professions and nursing. Various engineering positions, including electrical and mechanical, also feature frequently.

Most occupations are unchanged from previous years. However, there have been a few removals, including positions in dentistry along with environmental and occupational health and safety.

Prospective applicants can view the full SOL here.

The Department has also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL), which is used for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa applications.

Qualifying for an Australian visa

To see if you qualify for one of these Australian visas, complete our free online visa assessment. Have questions? Our Melbourne office is only an email away.

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