State nomination numbers for July 2017 are available. Insights from these are as follows:
State Nomination is very beneficial when applying for General Skilled Migration. Even though the State Migration Plans only reopened in July 2017, there have already been some changes announced by various States and territories.
ACT Offshore Program Closed
Effective 23 August 2017, the ACT offshore program will be more limited.
If you are living overseas, you will need to show “close ties” to the ACT – this could be either:
Queensland Suspends Processing State Nominations in 24 Occupations
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces on 21st August that they would temporarily suspend processing of nominations in 24 occupations.
The suspension will be until further notice, so it is not yet clear if processing will recommence at some stage during the 2017-18 program year.
Occupations were removed in the following fields:
South Australia Program Filling Fast for Popular Occupations
South Australia has been very active in nominating applicants. There are a number of IT specialisations which are now on the “Special Conditions Apply” list – this means that they are only available if you have close ties to South Australia:
Other occupations which are now on the “Special Conditions Apply” list include:
State nomination gives a huge advantage when it comes to applying for General Skilled Migration. However, the requirements change quickly and opportunities may only be available for a short period of time.
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