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Published on : November 16, 2022
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has changed the priorities for the Australian visa process. According to the new visa process, the health and education sectors will be highly prioritized.
DHA will be implementing new directions to prioritize specific visa applications. Accelerating the skilled visa processing times is an action that eventually clears the backlogs. These steps will help sort Australia's workforce needs.
The new visa process is effective from 28 October 2022. Health and Education sectors are at the top of the priority list.
Following are the skilled professionals that come under the priority of the new visa process:
PMSOL is to find occupations with critical skills which help contribute to Australia's economy. It is an initiative to recover the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. The list comes from expert analysis and advice from the National Skills Commission and Consultation with Commonwealth Departments.
Know the list of priorities for skilled visa processing:
The DHA spokesperson said that the applications under PMSOL and other critical sectors would continue as usual while prioritizing the list. The Government increased the funding and staff to reduce the processing times.
The spokesperson also mentioned that the PMSOL and other sectors of September 2020 were time-consuming and based on complex assessments, which contributed to backlogs of visa applications. Also, the PMSOL is an outdated list in which most occupations are not in national shortage.
There were 44 occupations as a part of the PMSOL, including accountant (General), Civil Engineer, Transport and electrical engineer, Veterinarian, Analyst Programmer, Developer Programmer and Software Engineer.
Neha Singh, a migration expert from Melbourne, has implemented the new visa processing priority list. She said that the focus is currently on filling the occupational shortage in the health and education sectors. "I can see that approvals are already being granted faster", she added.
Since 1 June 2022, the department has approved 43,000 temporary skilled and 47,000 permanent skilled applications.
According to the DHA records, temporary skilled visa grants in 2022-2023 are up to 120 per cent, if compared to last year at the same time. Also, 260 extra staff joined to work on faster visa processing.
Australia released the budget for October 2022-2023 that focuses on the migration system boosting the workforce, and building community. The Government welcomes skilled professional to support the national economy and growth.
The country aims to use a migration to cover the critical skills and labour shortages. Australia's permanent migration is up to 195,000 visas in 2022-2023, which is 35,000 more than the previous migration rate of March 2022.
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