Queensland State Sponsorship for skilled visa - Now Open

The state of Queensland, is now open to receive expression of interest for the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM)  for applicants who meet the eligibility and points test for the following occupations currently in shortage:


Regional Occupation List

Following the removal of a number of occupations for employer-sponsored visas, the Department of Home Affairs have published a “New Occupation List” specific to employers located in Regional Areas.

This means that in addition to the current occupation list, regional employers have access to additional occupations listed below.


High points category quota notification for migration agents and applicants

The High Points category has been successful in attracting high-quality applicants to South Australia for Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) occupations and occupations on the State Nominated Occupation List which are listed as ‘Special Conditions Apply’. 

Immigration SA has received a high volume of applications for the high points category and will be monitoring applications received over the coming weeks. 


Transition from 457 to TSS

Understanding the transition from subclass 457 to TSS

Employers who are already approved standard business sponsors for subclass 457 will be able to sponsor skilled overseas workers under the TSS visa program. It is, however, important that agents understand transitional arrangements that are expected to be in place for nomination and visa applications so that they can plan accordingly with their clients and not wait until the last minute to lodge applications.


March 2018 Changes to the Employer Sponsored Permanent Residency Visas