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February 23, 2024

Migration Queensland priority processing for 491 onshore applicants

Migration Queensland invites eligible Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional) living in Queensland to register for consideration of priority processing. Registrations are open from February 23 to February 27, 2024. 

Candidates must fulfil the requirements given below for the consideration of priority processing:

  • Submit a decision-ready application [Must be willing to upload the documents immediately after receiving an invitation]
  • Must currently reside and work in regional Queensland. 
  • Must currently be employed full-time in regional Queensland for a further six more months during EOI lodgement. 
  • Must meet the other nomination criteria for Subclass 491.

 

January 25, 2024

Australia to prioritize 2024 Student visas under Ministerial Direction 107

The Government of Australia signed a new Ministerial Direction on December 14, 2203. The Ministerial Direction 107 focuses on prioritizing student and guardian student visa applications. The purpose of introducing the new direction is to strengthen the international education sector. 

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January 09, 2024

Australia Draws - State and Territory nominations 2023-24 program year


8,689 draws were conducted via the State and the Territory Governments from July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

454

966

234

505

830

370

1,722

913

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) State and Territory Nominated

407

295

243

264

501

261

304

420

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

December 27, 2023

Australia launches New Skills in Demand Visa, to fill 800,000 job openings. 

Australia announced the launch of a New Skills in Demand Visa that is set to replace the existing Temporary Skills Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. The new visa came in as a part of Australia’s migration strategy and is set to fill 800,000 job vacancies in the country. 

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Australia to launch New Skills in Demand Visa, to fill 800,000 job vacancies. Apply now!

 

December 18, 2023

Tasmanian Skilled Migration State Nomination Program Update

The Migration Tasmania office will remain closed on 22 December 2023, from 12:00 pm, on the occasion of the Christmas/ New Year holiday vacation. State nomination ROIs and applications can still be submitted during this time. However, there will be a halt in processing and reverting back inquiries. The office will reopen on 2 January 2024, Tuesday.

 

December 14, 2023

The Latest Migration Plan Reveals Faster Visa Process for High-earners

Australia released its latest Migration Plan for FY 2023-24. The migration changes mostly focus on international students in Australia and faster visa processing times. As per Stats, around 650,000 international students have been residing in Australia over the past five years. 

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Australia will process visas faster for high-earners - Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister

 

December 01, 2023

ACT Invitation Round: 27 November 2023

The ACT invitation Round was held on 27 November 2023 for Canberra residents via 190 Nominations and 490 Nominations. The 490 Nominations issued 50 Invitations, while 69 invitations were issued via 190 invitations for eligible candidates under various sectors.  The next Invitation Round is set to be conducted before February 5, 2024. 

The table given below has complete details of the Invitation Round. 

 

Canberra residents 

190 nominations 

491 nominations 

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 

1 invitation 

3 invitations 

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 

7 invitation

1 invitation

Matrix-nominating Critical Skill Occupations 

61 invitations 

46 invitations 

Overseas applicants 

 

 

Matrix-nominating Critical Skill Occupations 

-

-

 

November 14, 2023

NSW 491: Updated Pathways & Application Criteria

New South Wales has announced changes to the application criteria and nomination pathways for the Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa. The two primary pathways for the NSW 491 Visa are listed below:

  • Pathway 1 [Direct Application]: Specifically for candidates with verified work experience with a NSW-based employer.
  • Pathway 2 [Invitation by Investment NSW]: For candidates that are selected by Investment NSW based on the skill set required in that region.

The Government will start accepting applications for Pathway 1 and is planning on commencing the invitation rounds for Pathway 2.
 

November 14, 2023

Updates of Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program

The Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program was conducted on November 14, 2023, via four streams. The streams under which the invitations were issued are  Graduate stream Higher Education, Graduate stream Vocational Education, and Training General stream Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL), which was further categorized into 2 Schedules. Visa Subclass 190 received 618 Invitations in total, while Subclass 491 received 582 Invites.

 
Intending Visa Subclass
General stream WASMOL Schedule 1 General stream WASMOL Schedule 2 Graduate stream Higher Education Graduate stream Vocational Education and Training
Visa subclass 190 300 invitations 140 invitations 103 invitations 75 invitations
Visa subclass 491 0 invitations 460 invitations 122 invitations 0 invitations

 

November 14, 2023

Update 2: Migration Tasmania receives Updates in Processing Times and Nomination Places

Migration Tasmania conducts a regular selection process and issues up to 30 invitations per week. The most impressive (ROIs) Registrations of Interest are shortlisted for the nominations. Given below are the details of Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa and Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa:

 
Nominations used Applications in process Invitations issued Registrations of Interest (ROI)
Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190 visa) 286 out of 600 36 nominations awaiting response 20 awaiting acceptance  532 in hand
Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa 206 out of 600 25 nominations awaiting response 13 awaiting acceptance  393 in hand

 

November 09, 2023

Update 1: Migration Tasmania receives Updates in Processing Times and Nomination Places

Migration Tasmania sorts out Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for nomination and issues up to 30 nominations per week. The table given below has complete information on the Subclass 190 visa and Subclass 491 visa nominations.

  Nominations used Applications in process Invitations issued Registrations of Interest (ROI)
Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190 visa) 274 out of 600 41 nominations awaiting response 20 awaiting acceptance  541 in hand
Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa 197 out of 600 35 nominations awaiting response 11 awaiting acceptance  403 in hand

November 09, 2023

Extension of NT DAMA & Updates for Streamlined Pathways and New Occupations

The critical points of the NT DAMA are given below: 

  • The NT DAMA is extended until 23 December 2024. 
  • 11 additional occupations have been added to the existing list of eligible occupations.
  • The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has decreased to $55,000 for chosen occupations. 
  • Applications for endorsements and subsequent endorsements are to be submitted online. 
  • The PR immigration pathway is now streamlined and simplified. 
  • Overseas workers, upon completing 2 years of full-time employment in selected occupations in the NT, can now be nominated for Subclass 186. 
     

November 09, 2023

QS World University Rankings 2024: List of Top 20 Universities

The QS World University Rankings for 2024 has been released that includes 1,500 institutions from 104 locations. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and the University of Oxford occupied the top 3 positions on the list. 

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QS World University Rankings 2024: The UK, US, Singapore, and Switzerland dominate the top 10

 

November 02, 2023

Tasmania: Overseas Applicant Invitation Only Pathway (OSOP)

The alternate nomination pathways for candidates who are reading outside of Australia are given below: 

  • Overseas Job Offer Pathway: This is for candidates who have received an employment offer from a Tasmania-based employer. 
  • Health and Allied Health Positions: This is specifically for candidates who have received an employment offer for allied health position or health position. 

 

October 25, 2023

October 2023 Update: Migration Tasmania [Processing Times and Nomination Places]

Applications open for NT Skilled Work Regional Provisional Subclass 491 Visa Nomination!

The Nomination Application for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa (2023-24) will begin from 23 October 2023. However, the exceptions for the nominations are given below: 

  • NT Graduates with Subclass 485 visa, valid till July 1, 2024 do not stand eligible for the nominations. 
  • The residents of NT who have not been employed in an occupation of their own or related occupations for a period of 6 months but have been employed in any of the critical sectors for 6 months are eligible for the nominations. 
  • The offshore applications for the Priority Occupation Stream is now limited to 54 occupations that are included in the news NT Offshore Migration Occupation List.

*Note: The Government of NT is currently not accepting nominations applications of the new Subclass 190. 

October 25, 2023

October 2023 Update: Migration Tasmania [Processing Times and Nomination Places]

Migration Tasmania has updated its current processing times along with the nomination allocations and applications. The table given below has details of the recent updates made to the Migration Tasmania:

  Nominations used Applications in process Invitations issued Registrations of Interest (ROI)
Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190 visa) 239 out of 600 48 nominations awaiting response 18 awaiting acceptance  536 in hand
Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa 178 out of 600 43 nominations awaiting response 12 awaiting acceptance  391 in hand

 

October 19, 2023

ACT Nominations: Australia Canberra Draw invited 168 candidates

The Australia Canberra draw was conducted on 12 October 2023 and issued Invitations to 168 candidates. The invitations were issued for Canberra residents and overseas applicants under 491 visa nominations. Candidates with a minimum matrix score of 80 or more are eligible for the Canberra draw.

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ACT Nominations: Australia Canberra Draw invited 168 candidates

October 09, 2023

NSW releases the list of Eligibility criteria for Skilled Nominated Visa 

The list of eligibility criteria for Skilled Nominated Visa released by NSW  is listed below: 

  • The candidate must meet the given requirements for the Skilled Nominated Visa.
  • The candidate must have a valid skill assessment report in any of the occupations listed in the SOL (Skill occupations list).
  • The candidates must either reside in NSW or must continuously live in the state offshore for a minimum of 6 months. 

September 29, 2023

South Australia Skilled Migration Program is open for FY 2023-24 nominations. Register now!

South Australia Skilled Migration Program is now open for FY 2023-24 nominations. Candidates who wish to migrate to Australia can apply for the program by submitting a ROI (Registration of Interest). The application fee for the South Australia Skilled Migration Program is AUD 359. 

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South Australia Skilled Migration Program is open for FY 2023-24 nominations. Register now!

September 27, 2023

NSW shifts focus to priority sectors from the regular skilled occupation lists in FY 2023-24

New South Wales is shifting its focus from the usual list of eligible ANZSCO groups to a new sector-focused approach in FY 2023-24. The program is targeting the key sectors and also considers high ranking EOIs from the Non-priority sectors. The list of sectors that align with the skill shortages in NSW are:

  • Health 
  • Education 
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
  • Infrastructure  
  • Agriculture 

September 20, 2023

Canberra Matrix Invitation Rounds in September 2023

ACT conducted the Canberra Matrix Invitation Round on 15 September 2023 and invited 285 candidates. The Invitations were issued to Canberra residents and overseas applicants with a Matrix score range of 65-100. The table given below has complete details of the Canberra Matrix Round of Invitations.

An Overview of the Canberra Matrix Invitation Rounds in September 2023
Date of invitations issued Type of applicants For No of. Invitations Issued Matrix scores
September 15, 2023 Canberra residents ACT 190 Nomination 55 90-100
ACT 491 Nomination 57 65-75
Overseas applicants ACT 190 Nomination 43 NA
ACT 491 Nomination 130 NA

September 16, 2023

WA State Nominated Immigration Program: August 2023

The WA State Nominated Program was conducted in the month of August 2023 and issued invitations to 487 eligible candidates via different streams. The state nominated program was conducted for different streams and subclass visas. 

Subclass visa 190
Streams  No of invitations 
General stream WASMOL schedule 2 302
Graduate stream Higher education 150
Graduate stream Vocational education and training 35

September 15, 2023

Program update of Queensland FY 2023-24

Queensland is currently accepting applications for state nominations via the Skilled Migration Program 2023-24 FY. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has assigned 1,550 skilled nominations for FY 2023-24. The invitation rounds will be conducted in September 2023 and will continue every month with certain caps. 

September 12, 2023

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program is now open! Register now! 

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program is now open for overseas applicants and applicants living in Victoria. The program provides a pathway for Permanent residency in Victoria.  To receive a nomination from the state, candidates must submit a Registration of Interest (ROI). The ROI once submitted for selection will remain in the system until withdrawn or selected. The Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program is expected to close in the early 2024. Candidates can receive nominations from Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491): 
To receive a nomination from the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa, onshore candidates are required to be living and working in regional Victoria at the time of nomination. 
Candidates who have already submitted an ROI for Subclass 491 visa in 2022-23 and have not been selected, will be required to submit a new ROI (if applicable).  

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190): 
Offshore candidates who have already submitted an ROI for Subclass 190, 2022-23 and have not been selected need not submit a new ROI unless there are official changes in the provided information. 
Candidates can check whether the ROI is still active via the official Live in Melbourne portal. 

September 4, 2023

The Covid-era visa (Subclass 408 visa) to no longer exist from February 2024

The Australian government recently announced that the Covid-era visa of Australia will be terminated from February 2024. The Immigration Minister Andrew Giles and The Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil, released a statement saying “From February 2024, the visa will be closed to all applicants. This will provide certainty to our visa system now that the circumstances that drove the operation of the visa no longer exist.”

August 31, 2023

Australia Immigration Levels Plan 2023-24

The government of Australia increases the migration planning levels on an annual basis and invites a specific number of nominees via each migration program. The year 2023-24 has more opportunities for skilled categories and streams, requiring over 400,000+ job openings to meet the workforce demands. Candidates can explore the skills streams as Australia offers plenty of opportunities for skilled workers to work in Australia. The planning level of the 2023-24 permanent Migration program is 190,000, primarily focusing on skilled migrants. The program ratio between skilled and family visas is said to be around 70:30

Australia Immigration Plan 2023-24
Stream  Immigration numbers Percentage
Family stream 52,500 28
Skill stream 1,37,000 72
Total 1,90,000

*Partner and Child visa categories are demand-driven and not subject to a ceiling.

Projected employment growth in Australia between 2023-26
Sector
Job opportunities
Healthcare 3,01,000
Professional, Scientific, and IT services 2,06,000
Education and Training 1,49,600
Accommodation and Food Services 1,12,400

August 25, 2023

Australia to terminate the GPs program visas on 16 September 2023 

Australia will close the visas for the GPs program on September 16, 2023, ceasing the requirement for employers of the IMGs (International Medical Graduates) to apply for a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC). Starting from September 13, employers who wish to nominate IMGs are no longer required to submit an HWC in the nomination application. The deadline for submitting the HWCs is September 5, and September 13 for exemptions of HWC. 

August 24, 2023

Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 visas get twin nomination allocations by the Australian government!

The government of Australia has granted 600 nomination allocations for Skilled nominated (Subclass 190) visa & Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa categories for the year 2023-24. A total of 50 ITAs were issued for the Subclass 190 and the Subclass 491 visas while 339 lodged applications are yet to receive a decision.  

August 17, 2023 

Australian Visas are now processed within 16-21 days. Apply now for faster visa approvals!

Australia is streamlining the visa processing for Australian visas to promote reduced waiting hours. The table given below has the revised processing time for Australian visas: 

Australian Visa 

Processing time  

Student visa 

16 days 

Temporary Skilled Shortage 482 visas 

21 days 

Employer Sponsored Skilled program: Healthcare and Education 

1 day  

Working Holiday visa (outside of Australia) 

1 day  

Permanent skilled visas 

7 months 

July 03, 2023 

New Zealand citizens can now apply for citizenship via direct pathway!  

The citizens of New Zealand who have been residing in Australia for a period of 4 years or more can now directly apply for citizenship. The direct pathway will come into effect from July 1, 2023 and is applicable only to applications that are submitted on or after the 1st of July, 2023. New Zealanders living in Australia with a PR or Subclass 444: special category visa (SCV) can now apply for citizenship.  

June 28, 2023 

Visa duration to be increased for 485 Visa holders!  

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate Visa) holders will now have increased visa duration. The new revisions are set to be implemented from July 1, 2023. International students pursuing their study in selective qualifications in Australia can now stay for a longer time. The table given below a detailed overview of the visa type and visa duration.  

Degree  Earlier visa duration  Visa duration from July 1, 2023 
Bachelor degrees  2 years  4 years 
Masters degrees  3 years  5 years 
Doctoral degrees  4 years  6 years 

June 27, 2023 

Work restrictions for student visa holders 

Work limitations are set to be implemented on students in Australia, starting from July 1, 2023. The working hours for students will now be limited for 48 hours per fortnight. Exceptions will be granted to students working in aged care sector who can work without restrictions until the 31 December, 2023.  

June 26, 2023 

New update on Subclass 191 & Visa fee increment!

Primary and secondary Subclass 491 visa holders can now apply for SC 191 (Permanent Residence Regional) Visa. The visa application fees have been hiked and will be effective starting from July 1, 2023. 

Subclass Visa Type  Applicant  Fee Effective from 1st July 23  Current visa fee 
Subclass 189  Main Applicant  AUD 4640  AUD 4240 
Applicant above 18 yrs  AUD 2320  AUD 2115 
Applicant below 18 yrs  AUD 1160  AUD 1060 
Subclass 190  Main Applicant  AUD 4640  AUD 4240 
Applicant above 18 yrs  AUD 2320  AUD 2115 
Applicant below 18 yrs  AUD 1160  AUD 1060 
Subclass 491  Main Applicant  AUD 4640  AUD 4240 
Applicant above 18 yrs  AUD 2320  AUD 2115 
Applicant below 18 yrs  AUD 1160  AUD 1060 

June 6, 2023 

The DHA released results of the FY 2022-2023 invitation rounds  

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) released the results of the 4th invitation round that was held on 25th May,2023. The invitation rounds were conducted for the Subclass 189 and 491 visas and had 7427 invitations issued in May. The four rounds of invitations collectively issued 68,042 invites with a minimum score range of 65. 

May 24, 2023 

Australia increased Temporary Skilled Income Threshold to $70,000 and expanded TR to PR pathways 

The Temporary Skilled Income Threshold will increase from $53,000 to $70,000, starting from July 1, 2023. The government also plans on expanding the immigration pathways from temporary residence (TR) to Permanent residence (PR) via the Temporary Residence Transition stream (TRT). The candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to qualify for the latest PR pathways. 

May 18, 2023 

Australia’s Net overseas migration expected to hit a record of 400,000 

As per reports, the net overseas migration will hit 400,000 by the end of this year. The net migration is set to increase further as the government plans on inviting the “Right Migrants” who fulfill the eligibility criteria with the right set of skills that can contribute to the Australian economy.  

May 17, 2023 

Australian Government plans to scrap Covid visa or Subclass 408. 

The government of Australia plans on ending the Covid work visa availability. The visa permitted individuals with individuals with a job offer in the key sectors to work in Australia. Foreign students who are currently employed in the aged care sector are exempted from this cap until the 31st of December, 2023.  

May 2, 2023 

Changes in Australia’s Immigration Policy: New Visas and Regulations for 2023-24 

Home Affairs Minister Claire O’Neil has released a 186-page Migration review that highlights the need to bring in latest reforms to the immigration systems.  The Review proposed 32 possible changes that could take 32 possible changes that can be done to streamline the immigration process of Australia.  

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Changes in Australia’s Immigration Policy: New Visas and Regulations for 2023-24 

February 22, 2023

Australia Canberra Matrix draw issued 919 invitations

Australia held Canberra matrix draw on February 22, 2023, and invited 919 candidates to apply for ACT Nomination. Invitations were issued under Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 visas to the Canberra residents and Overseas applicants. The cut-off score for the draw lies between 70 and 75. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 24 75
491 nominations 1 70
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 7 NA
491 nominations 1 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 322 NA
491 nominations 156 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 13 NA
491 nominations 395 NA

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Australia Canberra Matrix draw issued 919 invitations

February 22, 2023

International grads can now work in Australia for 4 years with the extended Post Study Work Permit

The work hours for international students have been increased from 40 to 48 hours for every fortnight. It will financially aid international students during their studies. The rules were formulated not to affect the education of international students. International grads in Australia with eligible higher education can now work in the country for an additional two years on Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485). Graduates can now reside, work and study in any of Australia’s regions for four years.

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January 23, 2023

Second Australia Canberra Draw in 2023, invited 632 candidates

Australia held its second Canberra Matrix draw in 2023, in which 632 candidates were invited to apply for ACT nomination. The cut off score for this draw was between 65 and 75. Candidates can later apply for Australia PR after residing for some years in the country. The invitations were issued to Canberra residents and Overseas Applicants through the Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 visas. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 9 75
491 nominations 3 65
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 1 NA
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 200 NA
491 nominations 99 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 17 NA
491 nominations 303 NA

The total number of invitations issued to Canberra residents and overseas applicants can be found in the table below:

Immigrants Number of invitations
Canberra Residents 312
Overseas Applicants 320

The number of invitations issued under the Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 visas can be found in the table below:

Visa Number of invitations
Subclass 190 227
Subclass 491 405

January 13, 2023

Australia Canberra Matrix draw issued 734 invitations for ACT Nomination

A recent Canberra Matrix draw held by Australia on January 13, 2022, invited 734 candidates to submit applications for ACT nomination. Canberra Residents and Overseas Applicants received the invitations. The cut-off score for this draw was between 70 and 85.

The table below reveals the details of the total number of Canberra Residents and Overseas Applicants invited in this draw:

Immigrants Number of invitations
Canberra Residents 290
Overseas Applicants 444

The total number of invitations for subclass 190 and subclass 491 can be found in the table below:

Visa Number of invitations
Subclass 190 262
Subclass 491 472

The full details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 11 85
491 nominations 3 70
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 2 NA
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 162 NA
491 nominations 112 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 87 NA
491 nominations 357 NA

December 22, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw on December 22, 2022: 563 invitations issued for ACT

This is about the Canberra Matrix draw held on December 22, 2022, in which 563 invitations were sent to candidates fit to immigrate to ACT (Australian Capital Territory).

Here are the details of the draw:

Canberra Residents
Matrix nominating Small Business Owners
ACT 190 nominations 7 invitations
ACT 190 minimum matrix score 85
ACT 491 nominations 0 invitations
ACT 491 minimum matrix score NA
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders
ACT 190 nominations 8 invitations
ACT 491 nominations 1 invitation
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 190 nominations 171 invitations
ACT 491 nominations 64 invitations
Overseas applicants
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 190 nominations 81 invitations
ACT 491 nominations 231 invitations

To read more, visit “Australia Canberra draw invited 563 candidates to apply for ACT nomination”.

December 23, 2022

A 3-day application assessment, faster Australian visas for nurses, teachers

Hey! Are you aware that the Australia immigration system currently chooses Australian visa applications for processing by fixing priorities with regard to the applicant’s occupation? The word is that currently, Australia needs nurses and teachers urgently, among other in-demand professionals.

These professionals will get prioritized processing of their Australian visa applications. It even involves a 3-day assessment of their visa application.

To read more, visit “Australia is in dire need of Teachers and Nurses. Granting Visas within few day! Apply now!”.

December 19, 2022

Australia’s visa tribunal will be abolished in 2023

The government of Australia has planned to abolish the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) in 2023. A new body will be created in its place and 75 more people will be added. The responsibility of AAT was to make decisions related to the refugee and migrant visas. Mark Dreyfus said that the appointments of the candidates will be made on the basis of merit. Members of AAT have to reapply after the creation of the new body at the end of 2023.

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Australian visa decisions to be reviewed by a new body replacing AAT in 2023

December 17, 2022

Australia welcomed 171,000 immigrants in FY 2021-2022

Australia issued 171,000 invitations in FY 2022-2023. Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that there was a rise in national migrants arrivals by 171 percent. An increase in the number of immigrants can be found in different provinces and the details can be found in the table below:

State Number of immigrants
NSW 62,210
Vic. 55,630
Qld 23,430
SA 12,080
WA 9,500
ACT 3,120.00
Tas. 2,740
NT 2,130.00

In comparison to FY 2020-2021, the number of immigrants also increased in FY 2021-2022 and the details can be found in the table below:

Visas FY 2020-2021 FY 2021-2022
Temporary 29,600 2,39,000
Permanent 37,000 67,900

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Western Australia immigration draw: Nominations for 5,006 candidates

December 16, 2022

Western Australia Invitation Round: 5,006 candidates were invited

Western Australia issued 5,006 invitations on December 16, 2022. The invitations were issued for the following visas:

  • Subclass 190
  • Subclass 491

The number of invitations for Subclass 190 visa was 2,365 and for Subclass 490, it was 2,641. The draw was held under the State Nominated Migration Program.

The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Intending visa subclass SNMP General stream –WASMOL schedule 1  ​SNMP General stream –WASMOL schedule 2  SNMP Graduate stream – higher education graduates ​SNMP Graduate stream – vocational education and training graduates
​Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 194 1053 814 304
​Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 194 1915 269 263

Western Australia started inviting candidates and since August 2022 till now, 16,085 invitations were issued. Invitations issued in each class, stream, and month can be found in the table below:

Stream Visa Subclass August September October November December
SNMP General stream – WASMOL schedule 1 190 159 373 531 510 194
491 41 127 822 458 194
SNMP General stream – WASMOL schedule 2 190 83 195 563 463 1053
491 117 263 938 1037 1915
SNMP Graduate Stream – higher education graduates 190 97 241 959 1069 814
491 53 129 313 327 269
SNMP Graduate stream – vocational education and training graduates 190 12 63 241 376 304
491 38 62 159 260 263
Total 600 1453 4526 4500 5006


December 15, 2022

NSW says, ‘No points and work experience required for subclass 190 visa.’ Apply now!

New South Wales received 12,000 migration slots in 2022-2023. It also announced minimum points scores and work experience for the visas:

  • Subclass 190
  • Subclass 491

According to an update released by NSW, no score and work experience will be required for Subclass 190. The requirements have been removed as there was an increase in the availability of the Subclass 189 visa also known as the Skilled Independent visa. Selection-based invitation process will be used to align NSW nominees with the skills shortage of the state’s economy.

The minimum points score and work experience requirement will still be used for Subclass 491. Migration experts welcomed the decision of removal of points and work experience requirements from Subclass 190 visa. The requirements have been removed after a large number of applicants were invited through Subclass 189.

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December 08, 2022

For 13 Australia skilled visa types healthcare, teaching prioritized; no PMSOL

Now, Australia Skilled Visa application processing will be done by prioritizing healthcare and teaching occupations. The practice of involving PMSOL in deciding the order of visa processing in Australia has been replaced with ministerial instruction to set new priorities.

While PMSOL served as a list of prioritized in-demand occupations considered in deciding which applications must be taken for processing. The aim of the PMSOL was to process immigration requests of those who are skilled for certain roles vacant to be filled in large numbers to ensure the economic progress of the nation.

But now, the immediate priority for in-demand skills to be brought to Australia has been figured out. Thus, PMSOL has been removed from consideration for processing 13 types of skilled visas in Australia.

To read more, visit “No PMSOL. Highest priority to Healthcare and teaching occupations, applying outside Australia”.

November 25, 2022

Western Australia Invitation Round: 4,500 candidates were invited

Western Australia issued invitations to 4,500 candidates under the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP).  These invitations are issued for candidates under Subclass 190 & Subclass 491. The streams that were targeted were under SNMP General Stream and SNMP Graduate stream.

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November 14, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw for Australia immigration: 441 candidates invited

Through the Canberra Matrix draw conducted for Australia immigration through ACT nomination held on November 14, 2022, 441 candidates received invitations for immigration. The nominated candidates were entrepreneurs and skilled workers ready to immigrate to the ACT region of Australia.

Here, you can check out the details of the draw:

Canberra residents
Matrix nominating Small Business Owners
ACT 190 nominations: 10 invitations
ACT 190 minimum matrix score: 85 points
ACT 491 nominations: 0 invitations
ACT 491 minimum matrix score: 65 points
Matrix nominating 457/482 visa holders
ACT 190 nominations: None
ACT 491 nominations: None
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 190 nominations: 79 invitations
ACT491 nominations: 105 invitations 105 invitations
Overseas applicants
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:  
ACT 190 nominations: 18 invitations
ACT 491 nominations: 229 invitations

To read more, visit “Australia immigration through ACT nomination offered to 441 candidates”.

October 28, 2022

Australian visa latest: Increase in skilled, parents visas in 2022-23

The Australian government is increasing the number of skilled visas as well as family visas.  The government is also going to provide more funds to implement Australia migration programs. The number of family visas will be doubled and the number of skilled visas is also to be increased significantly.

The places allotted for skilled and family visas will be increased from 160,000 to 195,000. Skilled visas will be increased from 76,900 to 142,400. The allocation for parent visas will be raised from 4,500 in 2021-2022 to 8,500 in 2022.

There are a few more steps the Australian government has taken to implement these new measures. To read more click here.

October 22, 2022

Western Australia invites 4,526 candidates to migrate to Australia

On October 22, 2022, Western Australia conducted a round of invitations through which 4,526 immigration candidates were issued invitations for permanent selection. This round of invitations was conducted under SNMP (State Nominated Migration Program) for those interested to migrate to Australia.

Here are the details of the draw:

Intending visa subclass SNMP General stream –WASMOL schedule 1 EOI Points SNMP General stream –WASMOL schedule 2 EOI Points SNMP Graduate stream – higher education graduates EOI Points SNMP Graduate stream – vocational education and training graduates EOI Points
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 531 65 563 85 959 70 241 70
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 822 938 313 159
Total candidates invited 4,526

Read more…

October 17, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw held on October 17, 2022: 467 candidates invited

Australia’s ACT (Australia Capital Territory) region held a Canberra Matrix draw through which 467 invitations were issued to apply for a nomination from the area. The invited candidates can now accept the nomination and apply for residency to settle and work in the ACT.

Check out the details of the October 17 Canberra Matrix draw.

Canberra residents
Matrix nominating Small Business Owners
ACT 190 nominations: 15 invitations
ACT 190 minimum matrix score: 90
ACT 491 nominations: 2 invitations
ACT 491 minimum matrix score: 70
Matrix nominating 457/482 visa holders
ACT 190 nominations: 1 invitation
ACT 491 nominations: None
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 190 nominations: 74 invitations
ACT 491 nominations: 101 invitations
Overseas applicants
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:
ACT 190 nominations: 20 invitations
ACT 491 nominations: 254 invitations

To read more, click here.

October 11, 2022

Unlimited work hours till June 30, 2023, for Australian student visa holders

The Australian government will waive the 40-hour work hour per fortnight restrictions for foreign nationals on an Australian student visa until June 30, 2023. After that date, international students will have to again abide by the rule of working off-campus for only up to 40 hours per fortnight while they are doing their studies.

Students are allowed to work in any economic sector when this relaxation on the hours worked is on. Nevertheless, relaxation doesn’t come without any conditions. The students taking benefit of this facility will have to make sure the commitments of work won’t hamper their study commitments at the college/university.

To read more, visit Australia student visa holders work unlimited hours till June 30, 2023.

October 06, 2022

Australia immigration update: 12,532 candidates invited via DHA draw

On October 6, 2022, a SkillSelect round of invitations for Australia immigration was conducted, and invited 12,532 immigration candidates. Here are the details of the draw.

Visa subclass Number Cut-off score
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) 11,714 65
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored 818 65

This draw followed suit of any round of invitations that takes place in Australia. Candidates who ranked the highest by points score received an invitation to submit an application for the visa that’s relevant to them.

In case more than one candidate has equal scores, a decision on whom to be approved for selection is taken based on the time at which they got to their score for that particular subclass and decides the order in which their invitation arrives.

October 01, 2022

DHA Invitation Round held the biggest draw and invited 12,666 candidates

It was announced that during the 2022-23 program year Invitation rounds for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), which are Family-Sponsored visas, will be held regularly.

The number of Invitations in each round will differ based on the number of applications that the Department processes. Nominations of state or territory governments for skilled visas will not get affected by the invitation rounds of the departments.

The current round of invitations issued a total of 12,666 invitations under Subclass 189 and 491:

Category  Invitations  Minimum  points
Subclass 189 12200 Invitations 65
Subclass 491 466 Invitations (Family Sponsored) 65

September 26, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw invited 354 candidates to apply for ACT Nomination Australia

Canberra invited 354 immigration candidates to the Canberra Matrix Invitation round, held on September 26, 2022. This is the third draw held in September of 2022 which issued invitations to Canberra Residents and Overseas Applicants.

The candidates with a high rank were selected under each occupation which required a minimum score of 70. They can also apply for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Nomination.

The ACT limits its nominations to immigration candidates which are proportional to the annual allocation.

All the applicants in this Canberra Matrix invitation round were selected with a cut-off score based on the time, month, and monthly allocation.

Details of the Canberra draw held on September 26, 2022

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Minimum matrix score
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 0 70
    491 nominations 3
  Matrix nominating 457/482 visa holders 190 nominations 2
    491 nominations 0
  Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 71
    491 nominations 83
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 20
    491 nominations 175

For more information on this update, continue to read the article

ACT issued 354 invitations in the latest Canberra Matrix draw

September 19, 2022

Australia welcomed more than 2.60 lakh students till July 2022

More than 2.60 lakhs students arrived in Australia after the restrictions of the pandemic lifted up. Australia has also started a new program for Indian students. The aim of this program is to boost the skill related to employment. A roadshow has been conducted by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in which information related to study in Australia was provided. The roadshow was also held for providing information regarding scholarships and visas.

September 19, 2022

Highlights of the New Australia Immigration Level Plan 2022-2023

  • Australia will increase the immigration cap from 160,000 to 195,000 in the current fiscal year.
  • Neil, the Home Affairs Minister, made the announcement at the two-day summit.
  • The summit was attended by 140 representatives of governments, businesses, trade unions, and industries.
  • Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced at the summit that 180,000 free places will be left for vocational education schools.
  • The permanent resident target in Australia increased from 160,000 to 195,000
  • The Australian states have decided to open the skill migration program for the FY 2022-23 for onshore and offshore applications.
  • Foreign nationals are advised to complete their skill assessment and obtain the required English proficiency scores to get eligible for sponsorship.

An announcement has been made by the Australian government on Friday that the permanent immigration has been increased by 35,000. The immigration target has increased from 160,000 to 195,000 in the current fiscal year.

The following table depicts the allocation for each state for the FY 2022-23:

State Skilled Nomination (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) Visa
ACT 2,025 2,025
NSW 9,108 6,168
NT 600 1400
QLD 3,000 2,000
SA 2,700 5,300
TAS 2,000 2,250
VIC 11,500 3,400
WA 5,350 2,790
Total 36,238 25,333

September 13, 2022

Australia’s Canberra Matrix draw issued 208 invitations

Australia issued 208 invitations to apply for ACT nominations. The invitations were issued under Canberra Matrix draw for overseas applicants and Canberra residents. The invitations issued to Canberra residents were 80 while overseas applicants received 128 invitations. The table below reveals the details of the draw:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 3 90
491 nominations NA NA
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 5 NA
491 nominations NA NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 23 NA
491 nominations 49 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 11 NA
491 nominations 117 NA

September 13, 2022

What is Australia’s ‘golden ticket’ visa and why is it in news?

Australia Significant Investor visa is also termed a golden ticket visa and subclass 188. Candidates having this visa have to make an investment in the approved funds. Successful candidates can live in Australia for five years. This visa will also provide a pathway to apply for Australia PR. The visa was introduced by the Gillard government in 2012 and many changes have been made to it.

September 06, 2022

Australia allows international students to work 2 additional years

Australia allows students to stay for two more years after their graduation to work in the country. This rule will help in attracting more students to study in Australia. Students with Bachelor’s degrees will be allowed to work for four years. Previously, the staying period was only two years. Students with a Master’s degree can stay up to five years. Previously, the staying period was three years. Ph.D. students can stay up to six years while previously they could stay only for four years. The table below will reveal the data regarding stays for different degree holders.

Degree holders Number of years of stay Number of years of stay previously
Bachelor’s 4 2
Master’s 5 3
PhD 6 4

September 05, 2022

Australia plans to increase the pay of temporary skilled migrants in 2022

Australia has made a plan to increase the income threshold for temporary migrants. The government has announced that it is going to raise the income threshold from AUD 53,900 to AUD 65,000. The government has also announced at the summit that the cap of permanent migrants will be raised by 35,000. It will go up to 195,000 from the current cap of 160,000. The government has raised the cap to meet the challenges of skills shortage in Australia.

September 02, 2022

Australia increases permanent immigration target from 160,000 to 195,000 for 2022-23

Australia held a summit in which O’Neil the Home Affairs Minister announced the increase of the permanent immigration target. The target has been increased from 160,000 to 195,000. The summit was held for two days and 140 representatives participated in it. The announcement for the increase has been made for the current fiscal year which will end on June 30, 2022.

Australia has increased the target as the country is facing challenges to fulfill the job market demands. Nurses are doing double or triple shifts while flights are being canceled because of the shortage of staff.

August 30, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw invites 256 Candidates to apply for ACT nominations

Australia held the fourth Canberra Matrix draw and invites 256 candidates to apply for ACT nominations. Canberra residents received 12 invitations while Overseas Applicants received 144 invitations. The draw was held on August 30, 2022. The details of the draw can be found in the table below:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 1 95
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 5 NA
491 nominations NA NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 33 NA
NA
491 nominations 73 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 12 NA
491 nominations 132 NA

August 27, 2022

Increase migration cap in Australia to manage manpower shortages – The Business Council

A new summit is to be held in the first week of September. The summit will be organized for two days in which challenges related to toe immigration will be discussed. The business council has planned to increase the cap up to 220,000 but later it recommended the cap up to 190,000. Jennifer Westacott said about the necessity of boosting up of permanent migration program. The program should be enhanced up to at least two-thirds of the skilled workers.

August 25, 2022

Australia jobs and skill summit to make immigration easier

The unemployment rate in Australia went to a low level and there is a need for overseas skilled workers to meet the challenge of skill shortage. Australia jobs and skills summit is to be held in September in which various challenges related to the immigration will be discussed. Many agendas have to be discussed and they are listed below:

  • Australia Immigration Program
  • Growing wages
  • Australia bargaining system

The summit will be held for two days so all the challenges cannot be discussed. The main agenda to be discussed is raising the cap for skilled immigrants and processing of the visa application backlog.

August 24, 2022

Australia needs more workers for these jobs and the answer is relaxed immigration policies

Australia is facing the problem of shortage of skilled workers for a long time. Federal government has announced that there is a demand for construction managers, chefs, and nurses, among the ten jobs. Some of the jobs in Australia in the future are listed below:

  • Construction managers
  • Civil engineering professionals
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Registered nurses
  • ICT
  • Software and applications programmers
  • Electricians
  • Chefs
  • Child carers
  • Aged and disability carers

August 23, 2022

Canberra Matrix draw was held on August 23, 2022. In this draw, the number of candidates invited is 250. These candidates can apply for ACT nomination. The invitations have been issued to Canberra residents and overseas applicants. Canberra residents received 101 invitations while overseas applicants received 149 invitations/. The table below will show display the details of the draw:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations NA NA
491 nominations 1 75
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 16 NA
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 26 NA
NA
491 nominations 58 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 10 NA
491 nominations 139 NA

August 17, 2022

Australia Skilled Migration Program FY 2022-23, is open for offshore applicants

Australia has opened its borders 2.5 years ago after the pandemic. Few states started sponsoring applicants but with some conditions. Now Australia is opening interim allocation for FY 2022-2023 for onshore and offshore applicants. There are a few states that have to update the criteria and applications.

These are some of the updates which can motivate the clients to go for English proficiency test and skill assessment. Candidates have to become eligible before the closure of the quota

August 16, 2022

Australia is planning to increase the immigration cap to invite skilled workers

Australia is facing the challenge of skills shortage and it has planned to increase the immigration cap which is currently 160,000. The new cap will be announced in the government’s jobs and skills summit and will be shared among trade unions and employers. The number of job vacancies available in Australia is 480,100 in May 2022. The main sectors which are facing shortages include:

  • Healthcare
  • IT industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Tech Industry
  • Healthcare

August 15, 2022

Australia Canberra Matrix draw issued 265 invitations to apply for ACT Nominations

Australia issued invitations to 265 candidates so that they can apply for ACT nomination. The draw was held on August 15, 2022 and Canberra and overseas residents were invited in this draw. The number of Canberra residents invited is 99 and the number of overseas residents is 166. The table below provides the details of the draw:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 2 95
491 nominations 2 75
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 24 NA
NA
491 nominations 71 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 17 NA
491 nominations 149 NA

August 10, 2022

Australia Canberra Matrix draw issued 338 invitations for ACT Nomination

On August 10, 2022, a new Canberra Matrix draw has been held in which invitations have been issued to 338 candidates. The candidates have been invited to apply for ACT nominations. There are different factors on which the cut-off score depends and they include time of matrix submission, occupation cap and demand, and remaining monthly allocation.

The table below will reveal the details of the draw:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Points
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 4 95
491 nominations 1 75
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 1 NA
491 nominations 3 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 29 NA
NA
491 nominations 61 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 40 NA
491 nominations 199 NA

July 22, 2022

Australia Immigration Program planning levels 2022-23

A new 2022-23 migration program is ready to enhance Australia’s economic recovery and handle the social coherence which resulted during the post-pandemic environment. The 2022-23 Australian migration program has been designed by 160,000 places with the following structures.

Skill (109,900 places) – This skills stream is designed to boost the efficiency of the economy and fill in the labor shortages in the skilled category in the labor market, which includes regional Australia.

Family (50,000 places) – The Family stream is mainly made for Partner visas, which enables Australians to get united with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.

  • From 2022-23; Partner visas will be allowed on a demand led basis to help family reunification. This will help reducing the piled up Partner visa applications and processing times for many applicants.
  • Approximately 40,500 partner visas for 2022-23 are expected, considering the current ceiling.
  • Around 3000 child visas are expected under planning purposes, noting the current demand.

Special Eligibility (100 places) – This stream visas are for those in special conditions, which includes permanent residents who are coming back to Australia after a period.

The Minister of Affairs, Citizenship, Immigration and Services will divide places between the Skill stream visa categories on a continue basis to engage in for recovering economic conditions to happen.

Migration Program planning levels as per 2021-22 and 2022-23 Federal Budgets.

Visa Stream Visa Category 2021-22 2022-23
Skill Employer Sponsored 22,000​ 30,000
  Skilled Independent 6,500 16,652
  Regional 11,200 25,000
  State/Territory Nominated 11,200 20,000
  Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 9,500
  Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 8,448
  Distinguished Talent 200 300
Skill Total 79,600 1,09,900
Family Partner* 72,300 40,500
(Demand driven: estimate, not subject to a ceiling)
  Parent 4,500 6,000
  Child* 3,000 3,000
(Demand driven: estimate, not subject to a ceiling)
  Other Family 500 500
Family Total 77,300** 50,000
Special Eligibility 100 100
Total Migration Program 160,00​0 1,60,000

July 13, 2022

Australia immigration update: 231 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw

The latest Canberra Matrix round of invitations was held on July 13, 2022, inviting 231 Australia immigration candidates. Here are the details of the round:

Canberra residents

Matrix nomination for small business owners

  • ACT 491 nominations: 3 invitations
  • ACT 491 min. matrix score: 75
  • ACT 190 nominations: 4 invitations
  • ACT 190 min. matrix score: 90

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders

  • ACT 491 nomination: 0 invitation
  • ACT 190 nomination: 1 invitation

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

  • ACT 491 nomination: 65 invitations
  • ACT 190 nomination: 46 invitations

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • ACT 491 nomination: 106 invitations
  • ACT 190 nomination: 6 invitations

Read more…

Australia immigration update: 231 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw

July 8th, 2022

Australia immigration now features new PR opportunities from July 1

Australia has implemented new measures whereby Australia visa holders of various categories will now get the opportunity to apply for an Australia PR visa. These new developments in Australia immigration are in effect from July 1, 2022.

The new decisions implemented by the Australian government bring cheer to aspiring immigrants like Temporary Graduate visa holders to get the cherished opportunity to be able to apply for permanent residency in Australia.

Australia’s Holiday Maker Visa holders are also getting some advantages from the recent developments! The cap for this visa type has been increased and more of these visa holders will now be allowed to live and work in Australia.

Read more…

Australia visa changes for 2022-23, opening up new opportunities for overseas immigrants

June 24th, 2022:

Australia immigration draw: 159 candidates invited for ACT immigration

A round of invitations for Australia immigration to the ACT region was conducted under Canberra Matrix specifications on June 24, 2022. Here are the details of the draw.

CANBERRA RESIDENTS
Matrix nomination for small business owners

ACT 491 nominations: 3 invitations

ACT 491 min. matrix score: 75

ACT 190 nominations: 5 invitations

ACT 190 min. matrix score: 90

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders

ACT 491 nomination: 0 invitations

ACT 190 nomination: 2 invitations

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

ACT 491 nomination: 39 invitations

ACT 190 nomination: 51 invitations

OVERSEAS APPLICANTS
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

ACT 491 nomination: 52 invitations

ACT 190 nomination: 7 invitations

To read more, go through…

Australia immigration draw: 159 candidates invited for ACT immigration

June 16th, 2022:

44 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw for Australia immigration

On June 16, 2022, a Canberra Matrix round of invitations was held via which 44 Australia immigration candidates were invited. The details of the round are as follows:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Minimum matrix score

Canberra Residents

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners

190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 2 75

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders

190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 0 NA

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 27 NA

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 15 NA

For more information, also read…

Canberra Matrix draw invites 44 candidates

June 15th, 2022:

Fair Work Commission announces 5.2% raise in Australia minimum wage

An announcement was made by Fair Work Commission in which Australia minimum wage was reviewed and raised. This announcement came after the Annual Wage Review 2021-2022 got published. Here are the major updates from the announcement:

  • The National Minimum Wage will be raised by AUD40 per week (an increase of 5.2%).
  • Award minimum wages will be raised by 4.6%. This increase in wage is subject to a minimum raise of AUD40 per week for award classifications. The wage will be based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.

The rise in minimum wages has come as a relief to temporary workers including foreign workers at a time when inflation is gaining in Australia.

June 10th, 2022:

33 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw for Australia immigration

The Canberra Matrix round of invitations that was held on June 10, 2022, had 86 Australia immigration candidates invited. The details of the round are as follows:

Type of residents Occupation group Under nomination Number of candidates invited Minimum matrix score
Canberra Residents Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 190 nominations 0  NA
491 nominations 2 80
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 0 NA
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 17 NA
Overseas applicants Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 nominations 0 NA
491 nominations 14 NA

For more information, also read…

33 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw for Australia immigration

June 9th, 2022:

Australia PR visa holders in public sector jobs to get a 3% pay raise in NSW

Australia has announced lately that a pay rise of 3% will be granted to every public sector worker in NSW (New South Wales). The Australian government is also increasing the participation of Australia PR (Permanent Residents) in key sectors like healthcare.

The Australian government has also announced a record funding for the country’s healthcare system, that goes to the tune of $4.5 billion. The plans for the healthcare sector include a large recruitment drive and a $3,000 bonus to currently active health workers.

To learn more about this news click here.

June 1st, 2022:

Australia immigration update: 86 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw

The latest Canberra Matrix round of invitations was held on June 1, 2022, inviting 86 Australia immigration candidates. Here are the details of the round:

CANBERRA RESIDENTS
Matrix nomination for small business owners
ACT 491 nominations: 2 invitations
ACT 491 min. matrix score: 85
ACT 190 nominations: 0 invitations
ACT 190 min. matrix score: –
Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders
ACT 491 nomination: 0 invitations
ACT 190 nomination: 0 invitations
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 491 nomination: 29 invitations
ACT 190 nomination: 20 invitations
OVERSEAS APPLICANTS
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations
ACT 491 nomination: 35 invitations
ACT 190 nomination: 0 invitations

May 25th, 2022:

Australia immigration update: 78 invitations issued in Canberra Matrix draw

The latest Canberra Matrix round of invitations was held on May 25, 2022, inviting 78 Australia immigration candidates. Here are the details of the round:

Canberra residents

Matrix nomination for small business owners

  • ACT 491 nominations: 2 invitations
  • ACT 491 min. matrix score: 85
  • ACT 190 nominations: 1 invitation
  • ACT 190 min. matrix score: 100

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders

  • ACT 491 nomination: 1 invitation
  • ACT 190 nomination: 0 invitations

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

  • ACT 491 nomination: 32 invitations
  • ACT 190 nomination: 15 invitations (min. score 85, no accountants)

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • ACT 491 nomination: 27 invitations
  • ACT 190 nomination: 0 invitations

May 11th, 2022:

Australia immigration update: 187 invitations issued on May 11, 2022

On May 11, 2022, a Canberra Matrix round of invitations was conducted. Here’s the result of that draw that was held for Australia immigration.

Canberra residents

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners

  • Subclass 491 nominations: 0 invitations
  • Subclass 190 nominations: 1 invitation

Matrix nominating Subclass 457 / 482 visa holders

  • Subclass 491 nominations: 0 invitations
  • Subclass 190 nominations: 1 invitation

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

  • Subclass 491 nominations: 48 invitations
  • Subclass 190 nominations: 61 invitations (accountants 120, minimum 85)

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • Subclass 491 nominations: 72 invitations
  • Subclass 190 nominations: 4 invitations (90 points)

March 17th, 2022:

Australia immigration news: 129 candidates invited via Canberra Matrix draw

The details of the Canberra matrix Australia immigration draw that was held on March 17, 2022, are out now.

Invitations were issued to the highest-ranked Matrix. The candidates were invited to apply for ACT nomination. The cut‑off score to determine the selection of candidates was dependent on factors like the remaining slots in the monthly allocation, occupation cap, date and time of submission of Matrix, and demand. The rank of the matrix is directly proportional to the demand for the occupation.

Canberra residents

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners

  • 491 nominations: 0 invitation
  • 190 nominations: 0 invitation

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations

  • 491 nomination: 44 invitations
  • 190 nomination: 3 invitations

Matrix nominating Subclass 457 / Subclass 482 visa holders

  • 491 nomination: 0 invitation
  • 190 nomination: 0 invitation

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 491 nomination: 77 invitations
  • 190 nomination: 5 invitations

March 8th, 2022:

Australia immigration draw: Canberra matrix draw invites 79 potential immigrants

Here are the details of Australia immigration Canberra Matrix draw that was held on March 8, 2022, in which 79 immigration candidates were invited.

Canberra residents

Matrix nominations for Small Business Owners

  • 491 nominations: 1 invitation (70 points)
  • 190 nominations: 1 invitation (100 points)

Matrix nominations for Critical Skill Occupations

  • 491 nominations: 26 invitations
  • 190 nominations: 11 invitations

Matrix nominations for Subclass 457 / Subclass 482 visa holders

  • 491 nominations: 0 invitation
  • 190 nominations: 1 invitation

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominations for Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 491 nominations: 34 invitations
  • 190 nominations: 5 invitations

Australia Capital Territory has made the following allocations for nomination for the period 2021-2022:

  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional visa: 1,400 places
  • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated visa: 600 places

February 25th, 2022:

Canberra Matrix draw for Australia immigration invites 122 candidates

Let’s share with you the details of the Canberra Matrix invitation round for Australia immigration that was conducted in Australia on February 25, 2022. In the draw, 122 candidates were invited.

ACT (Australian Capital territory) conducts the Canberra Matrix invitation rounds with a limited number of nomination slots for each month. The number of nominations offered are pro-rata against the annual allocation.

Here are the details of the February 25 invitation round.

Canberra residents

Matrix that nominates Small Business Owners

  • 491 nominations – 0 invitations
  • 190 nominations – 0 invitations

Matrix that nominates Critical Skill Occupations

  • 491 nomination – 46 invitations
  • 190 nomination – 13 invitations

Matrix that nominates Subclass 457 / Subclass 482 visa holders

  • 491 nomination – 0 invitations
  • 190 nomination – 1 invitation

Overseas applicants

Matrix that nominates Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 491 nomination – 56 invitations
  • 190 nomination – 6 invitations

The cut-off score to determine selected candidates depends on factors like

  • The remaining monthly allocation
  • Cap on occupations involved and the demand for these occupations

The date and time of the matrix submission

February 18th, 2022:

Australia immigration Canberra Matrix invitation rounds on Feb 18, 2022

Here are the results of the latest Canberra Matrix invitations round conducted for Australia immigration on February 18, 2022. Invitations were sent for matrices that represent different occupation groups to apply for nominations from the Australian Capital Territory.

The cap on the number of invitations for each occupation and the demand for the occupation decided the cut-off score for the selection of candidates. Occupations with higher demand had a higher rank of the Matrix score set for the invited candidates.

Here’s how the invitation round went:

Canberra residents

Matrix nominations for Subclass 457 / Subclass 482 visa holders

  • 190 nominations: 3 invitations
  • 491 nominations: 0 invitation

Matrix nominations for critical skill occupations

  • 190 nominations: 4 invitations
  • 491 nominations: 48 invitations

Matrix nominations for small business owners

  • 190 nominations: 2 invitations (min 85 points)
  • 491 nominations: 1 invitation (min 75 points)

Overseas applicants

Matrix nominations for critical skill occupations:

  • 190 nominations: 5 invitations
  • 491 nominations: 53 invitations

February 1st, 2022:

Canberra Matrix event on Feb 1 – Nominations to migrate to Australia

The latest Canberra Matrix round of invitations was conducted on February 1, 2022, to choose candidates eligible to migrate to Australia. In the event, the matrix that ranked the highest in each group of occupation were invited to apply for a nomination from ACT (Australian Capital Territory).

The cap applied on occupation and its demand played a decisive role in setting the cut-off score for the selection of the candidates. Higher demand will set a higher rank of the Matrix score for the candidates that get invited.

Here’s the summary of the event details:

Canberra Residents
Matrix Nominations Invitations Min. Points
Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 190 8
491 16
Matrix nominating Subclass 457/482 visa holders 190 6
491 0
Matrix nominating small business owners 190 1 85
491 3 65
Overseas Applicants
Matrix Nominations Invitations Min. Points
Matrix nominating critical skill occupations 190 8
491 10

December 15th, 2021:

Update on Australia immigration invitation rounds held on December 15, 2021

Australia re-opens its borders for non-residents despite new Omicron worries. The country has already delayed the re-opening of international travel by two weeks because of the advent of a new strain of coronavirus, Omicron. But later, as per the health officials, it showed milder symptoms than other coronavirus variants.

On December 15, 2021, Australia reopened its borders to vaccinated skilled migrants and international students after a ban of 21 months. The country is targeting to boost its economy, which was seriously hit by COVID-19 lockdowns.

Announcement from officials
“We’re going to live with this virus, and we’re not going to let it drag us back to where we’ve been,” We’ve got one of the highest vaccination rates, which means we can fight this thing. We don’t have to surrender to it,” Morrison told radio station 4BC.

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According to the officials, the country now allows nearly 235,000 foreign workers and 160,000 students (who have held visas for Australia in October) to travel. New South Wales, the biggest city of Sydney, has lifted the restrictions for even unvaccinated, despite the rise in Omicron infections.

Oct 29th, 2021:

Update on Australia immigration invitation rounds held on Oct 29, 2021

If you are already aware of Canada immigration levels plan 2020-2023, you know that Canada is determined to achieve ambitious targets like 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. In 2022, this target will increase to 411,000 and 421,000 in 2023.

Despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has done a great job with regard to its immigration. This is apparent from the fact that Canada welcomed 46,315 new immigrants to the country. The country is already aiming for more!

In 2021, as yet, Canada has had 313,700 immigrants. A large chunk of these newcomers consisted of those who were present in the country already on temporary visas.

In the months between January and October 2021, there was an average influx of 31,370 newcomers per month. This average is unprecedently high when compared to recent years.

Canada’s ambitious immigration target for the year 2021 can be achieved with 43,650 new immigrants per month in November and December.

Pulling off the current level of success in Canada immigration was a feat the country managed after taking the following steps:

  • A huge immigration draw was conducted in February 2021 in which 27,332 invitations were issued to CEC candidates. 90% of these candidates were TFWs engaged in work in Canada.
  • A new TR to PR pathway for Canada immigration was opened via which, 90,000 additional immigrants were aimed for. These included international students, healthcare workers, and other essential workers, all present in Canada on a temporary basis.
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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

TR – Temporary Residence

TFW – Temporary Foreign Worker

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

Mar 27th, 2021:

Australia planning to reopen its international borders to welcome temporary visa holders: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke

Australia which had imposed border restrictions for almost the whole of last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic is now ready to welcome temporary migrants such as international students and visitors according to the newly appointed Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

In a recent interview to SBS Australia, he said that the government is ready to open its international borders According to Hawke, ‘’… the government is rolling out our vaccination program and preparing for the opening of our international borders, so we can have those important visits from tourists that spend so much money in our country – but also the international student sector, one of our largest export sectors, they value-add so inherently to the Australian economy – we want to get them back.”

This announcement comes in the wake of the latest data from the Department of Home Affairs which revealed that the offshore international student visa applications have gone down registering a decline by 65% in the second half of 2020 when compared to 2019.

According to the minister, migration will play a key role in the economic recovery of Australia from the pandemic. He said, “I’m convinced that the migration program will be a huge part of how we recover from COVID and whether we will be as successful as we can be on that journey.”

Australia is looking at its migration program to play a key role in the country’s economic recovery post the pandemic.

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