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More changes to skilled occupations lists announced

Further changes for those emigrating to Australia through ACT and NT skilled-sponsored visa programsFollowing the news we posted on Friday about Important changes to Australian skilled-sponsored visas for ACT and NT. It looks like the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT) governments are at it again with a number of amendments to their skilled occupations lists being announced.

After removing five occupations as part of the announcements last week, the ACT has removed a further two occupations and added another.

Prospective migrants immigrating to Australia through the ACT skilled-sponsorship program as a fitter, metal machinist, metal fabricator, welder first class, sheet metalworker, surgeon or speech pathologist will at this point of time no longer be able to lodge an application through this programme. Pressure welders can now participate.

A comprehensive shortage list can be found on the ACT Skilled Migration website HERE  (Link opens in a new window).

The Northern Territory’s migration department has confirmed that their list has been updated for people emigrating to Australia and that the next changes to its Occupations Lists “will probable occur in May/June 2009 depending upon the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship changes to MODL and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Education and Workplace Relations changes to their state/territory occupation lists”.

A comprehensive skills shortage list can be found on the Northern Territory Business and Skilled Migration website HERE (Link opens in a new window).

Sigh! :( Lots of changes and uncertainty I know but as always we’ll try our best to keep you up to date with any changes as and when they happen.

Written by Mark

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Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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