DIAC has informed State and Territory Governments that they are no longer able to nominate the following “occupations” for GSM points tested visas (Subclass 190 and 489):
• Chemical and Materials Engineers; [ANZSCO Group 2331]
• ICT Business and Systems Analysts; [ANZSCO Group 2611]
• Electronics Engineers: [ANZSCO Group 2334]
• Telecommunications Engineering Professionals; [ANZSCO Group 2633]
• Other Engineering Professional [ANZSCO Group 2339]
• Software and Applications Programmers. [ANZSCO Group 2613]
The MIA has asked DIAC for further information about this change, which seems to have been made without any consultation.
It appears from information provided by the ACT and NSW Governments that there maybe 16 occupations involved in those six ANZSCO Unit Groups.
The advice from the ACT Government is:
Of the more than 200 occupational groups on the Skilled Occupation List, the above six occupations reached their ceilings in the 2012-13 program year which resulted in intending migrants from these occupational groups not being issued with an invitation because ceiling had been reached.
Occupational ceilings were reset on 1 July 2013 allowing intending migrants from these occupational groups the ability to be issued with an invitation, in accordance with usual SkillSelect rankings based on a client’s points score. However, DIAC has continued to receive high numbers of EOIs for the above mentioned six occupational groups. In order to address this high level of demand, invitations for these occupations will now be issued on a pro rata basis for each twice monthly invitation round over the 2013-14 program year.
As a result of this announcement, the ACT is now NOT able to confirm ACT nomination of the above six occupations on SkillSelect.
Therefore, with immediate effect, the ACT is no longer accepting applications for nomination of these six occupations.
The advice on the NSW Government website is:
NSW appreciates that this announcement will concern many applicants who have already applied for nomination to date. We are seeking further clarification from DIAC on how this announcement will affect nomination applications that are currently being assessed.
We would encourage you not to withdraw your application until we are able to provide more specific information.
There may be quite a number of State/Territory approved nominations that have not yet received invitations to apply for a visa which will never get one.
The occupation Unit Groups listed represent a significant part of their State Migration Plans for some States.