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General Skilled Migration Update – Temporary Closure of Nominations

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program for the 2019/20 financial year has now closed.

The State & Territory nomination program for GSM will remain temporarily CLOSED until the Federal Governments’ allocation of nomination places for 2020-21 to each State and Territory takes place. This means that State & Territory governments have no ability to nominate applicants in visa subclass 190 Skilled nominated (Permanent) and visa subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional).

The GSM 2020/21 program year is scheduled to re-open from early August however, changes to the composition of the GSM program might be made in October under the new Federal Budget.

The date for the Federal Budget 2020-2021 has been delayed due to the COVID-19 health emergency and will be handed down in Parliament on 6 October 2020. The Federal Treasurer has advised that he will provide an update on the economic and fiscal outlook on 23 July 2020.

Below we set out the current position for each State and Territory:

QLD: Applications are closed until the allocation of new quota.

NSW: Applications are open for subclass 190 visa and closed for subclass 491 visa. However, no nominations will be made until the allocation of new quota.

VIC: Applications are closed. You can still lodge an EOI and then lodge the state nomination application once the new quota is allocated.

ACT: Applications are closed until the allocation of new quota.

NT: Currently open, however no nominations will be issued until the allocation of new quota. New eligibility criteria in place for all applicants. Closed for offshore applicants.

WA: Currently open, however no nominations will be issued until the allocation of new quota.

SA: Applications are closed until August 2020. Applications are expected to re-open subject to allocation of new quota.

TAS: Currently open, however no nominations will be made until the allocation of new quota.

 

Please note that this article was prepared by Zoë Brereton of Bell Legal Group for general information only. It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

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