Skilled Occupation List

How Skilled Occupation List Changes Can Affect Your Visa

When you’re applying for certain types of Australian visas, a facet of immigration law known as the Skilled Occupation List (also known as SOL) comes into play. The visas linked to this are the 189 visa (Skilled Independent), 489 visa (Regional Provisional), and 485 visa (Graduate Temporary) types. These are all visas that will allow the holder to live and work in Australia and each has a different set of qualifications and requirements.

The one thing they share is that the chosen occupation of the holder must be on the Skilled Occupation List.

There have been some changes to the Skilled Occupation List of late and this could affect potential visa candidates. Here, we’ll discuss two of those changes and what they could mean for you.

1. Changes to the Skilled Occupation List

There are some jobs which have been a mainstay on the Skilled Occupation List for a long time that are now going to be missing from it.

Dentists, dental specialists, and urban/regional planners are no longer a part of the Skilled Occupation List, so it will take a bit of extra work to get a visa if one of these is your occupation. The good news is that they are still on the CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List), which means you can get a visa if you’re being employer or state sponsored.

As the old goes out, the new comes in. Panel beaters and cabinet makers now have a place on the Skilled Occupation List.

As for the rest of the list, it has stayed relatively unchanged. Accounting jobs are still there, which is good news for many students, as are many of the other mainstays that have called the list home for years.

2. Look out for low ceilings

Even though accountancy jobs stayed on the Skilled Occupation List, they weren’t exactly untouched. The ceilings for those jobs have been significantly lowered. This means there is now a much lower limit on how many in this profession can qualify for Australian visas each year.

For example, accountants used to have a ceiling of just under 5,500 applicants, but now that has been dropped to just over 2,500. That’s a drop of 53.9%.

Auditors also saw their ceiling drop but not as drastically with only a 15.8% reduction. Ceilings for other occupations were also lowered, but only by small amounts which won’t have much effect overall.

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