Australia Occupation List
The Australia Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is essentially a list of professions that are presently suitable for the object of movement to the popular overseas destination. Professions are neatly divided into separate categories, like professionals, traders, managers, etc.
It is compulsory for an applicant choosing a line-of-work from the list to have his or her qualification duly reviewed by a sanctioned agency prior to getting the necessary qualifications to employ the occupation points.
The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) for Australia frequently updates the SOL to echo the different amendments in the Australian Labor Market and the present demand for professions in the nation.
It is required for the candidates for the following General Skilled Migration Visas to possess experience in a line-of-work on the Australia Skilled Occupation List:
- Skilled Regional (Subcategory 887) Visa
- Graduate Temporary (Subcategory 485) Visa (Graduate work category only)
- Skilled Independent Visa (Subcategory 189)
It is required for the candidates for these visas to have experience on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL):
- Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored Provisional (Subcategory 489) Visa
- Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subcategory 457)
- Skilled – Nominated (Subcategory 190) Visa
With a view to shift to Down Under as a Permanent Resident, via the Skilled Migrant Scheme (or on a Temporary Graduate Visa subcategory 485), it is compulsory that a person nominates any profession that is given on the Australia Skilled Occupation List. Simultaneously, it is also necessary that he/she goes for a Skills review, in order to decide his/her eligibility for presenting an application for an Australian PR standing. Different assessing bodies carry-out this skills assessment.
While we are on the subject, it will be, perhaps, relevant to share this news update.
Are You Keen in Australia Immigration? New Occupation List Substitutes Australia Skilled Occupation List
As per some updates, on April 19, 2017, the incumbent Australian Government substituted the Australia Skilled Occupation List with a new list, known as the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
And with the decision to put an end to the contentious 457 Visas and replacing it with two new visas, the DIBP has also reportedly decreased the list of qualified professions for the General Skilled Migration (GSM).
The SOL that was the controller for nominating an eligible profession for applying for skilled visas has presently been cut down to just 435 professions, down from 651.
The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)–which has 216 professions, comprising pilots, biochemists, Actors, Authors, firefighters, conveyancers, flying instructors, etc., cut from the preceding list–has substituted the SOL.
The candidates submitting an application for the GSM, under the visa subcategory 189, presently have to nominate a profession from the new list. And, the Temporary Graduate Visa candidates (under the subcategory 485) will also nominate a line-of-work from the list.
Allegedly, swapping the Australia Skilled Occupation List with the MLTSSL in effect will tighten the eligibility requirements not just for the candidates of the 457 Visa, but also those eager to shift to Oz under the GSM Scheme.