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Changes to Skilled Emigration & the MODL

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 6:11 AM

We are sure everyone has heard the news and it has no doubt sent panick out to those who have their visa applications processing as well as those who were about to lodge their visa applcations.

 

Changes to immigration processing includes a focus on job sponsorship in Australia, and speeding up these types of visa / emigration application in Australia.

 

The changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program for Australia, as described on the Australian Immigration website, are as follows:

  • the outcomes of a review of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL)
  • the replacement of the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) in the second half of 2010
  • offshore GSM visas made before 1 September 2007 would be capped and ceased
  • priority processing arrangements
  • skills assessment requirements for GSM applicants nominating a trade occupation.

Occupations that appear to be fairly safe for skilled emigration to Australia are those on the Critical Skills List (CSL), including Medical Professionals, Engineers and Secondary School Teachers.

Click here for the full CSL.

 

 

Job Sponsorship in Australia

 

There is much talk about what this will mean for those foreign nationals who are wanting to emigrate to Australia, and it appears that job sponsorship in Australia may be the route for skilled persons to follow.  This change could have a positive effect on those foreign nationals requiring job sponsorship, causing Australian employers to be more open and willing to sponsor overseas nationals, especially now that there will be less people emigrating to Australia independently,which will surely increase the shortage of skilled candidates in Australia. 

 

If these changes mean you will now be applying for job sponsorship in Australia, with an increased number of overseas nationals applying for job sponsorship in Australia, we highly recommend that you position yourself as favourably as possible, ensuring that you have a competitive CV and cover letter for applying for job sponsorship in Australia.  Click here now to find out whether your CV is currently competitive for job sponsorship in Australia.

 

For more information on the changes to Australian immigration processing and the MODL, click here.


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8 Comments

Reply Rehman Mumtaz
4:57 AM on February 24, 2010 
When the new MODL will be presented and what are the chances for Network Security Engineers.
Reply Nadine Myers
11:23 AM on February 24, 2010 
Hi Rehman,

I believe Network Security Engineers will still be required because so long as you pass the assessment by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), you are considered to be on the Critical Skills List at the moment. I cannot see this changing in a hurry.

This is just my opinion, of course.

Kind regards,

Nadine
Rehman Mumtaz says...
When the new MODL will be presented and what are the chances for Network Security Engineers.
Reply Rehman Mumtaz
4:28 AM on February 25, 2010 
Thanks for reply. But one more.. Can we get any MODL points after Feb 08,2010 decision taken by minister for immigration in Australia. Thanks
Reply Nadine Myers
11:33 AM on February 25, 2010 
Hi Rehman,

The Australian Immigration website (http://bit.ly/bePoiY) states that the MODL table as at February 8th, 2010 is only valid for people who:

* hold a subclass 485 (Skilled-Graduate) visa, or have applied for a subclass 485 (Skilled Graduate) visa and are yet to apply for a permanent or provisional GSM visa
or
* had a pending application for a GSM visa.

Anyone else can only apply for General Skilled Migration if they are on the Critical Skills List (http://bit.ly/9iKCTb). Otherwise, people will have no choice but to seek sponsorship from Australian employers.

I hope that answers your question?

Cheers,

Nadine




Rehman Mumtaz says...
Thanks for reply. But one more.. Can we get any MODL points after Feb 08,2010 decision taken by minister for immigration in Australia. Thanks
Reply RENATO
12:34 PM on March 13, 2010 
Is it possible to find out a job sponsorship in Australia ? I have the right profile to work at Australia.. So I need your help.
Reply Nadine Myers
12:41 PM on March 13, 2010 
RENATO says...
Is it possible to find out a job sponsorship in Australia ? I have the right profile to work at Australia.. So I need your help.

Hi Renato,

What is your professional background? It may be useful for you to first do the CV assessment, and then it will direct you on how to contact me once you're done: http://www.nabthatjob.com/ismycvcompetitive.htm.

Kind regards,

Nadine
Reply Mfundi Moyo
5:59 AM on April 10, 2010 
What chances does one have now after these changes? I am a Railway Signal Technician (TRA assessment Electrician Special Class-assessed in 2009). My trade is not on the CSL and also do I need to retake the assessment with TRA?
Reply Nadine Myers
6:33 PM on April 14, 2010 
Hi Mfundi,

My advice is to contact the TRA to determine whether your assessment is still valid.

From what I understand you should still qualify for sponsorship in Australia if you are on this list: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1121i.pdf, and if TRA confirm that your skills assessment is still valid.

From what I understand, we will know more about what is happening with the MODL and Critical Skills List in June. In the meantime, sponsorship is still an option.

Let us know what you learn from TRA and we can give you further advice on finding a sponsor in Australia.

Kind regards,

Nadine

Mfundi Moyo says...
What chances does one have now after these changes? I am a Railway Signal Technician (TRA assessment Electrician Special Class-assessed in 2009). My trade is not on the CSL and also do I need to retake the assessment with TRA?