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01-Jul-2020

AUSTRALIA UPDATE ON STATE AND TERRITORY TO REMAIN CLOSED FROM 1ST JULY 2020 DUE TO COVID-19

On 1st July 2020, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has directed State and Territory Governments not to receive nomination allocations for skilled visa subclasses 491 and 190.  On this aspect most States and Territories have announced that their skilled migration programs will remain closed until further notice.

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has issued invitations and nominations under the Subclasses 189 and 491 till April 2020.  
  • The State Government invited applicants  for Subclass 190 State Nominated visa and for Subclass 491 Regional sponsored visa, which were issued by the State and Territory Government Nomination for March 2020.  
  • The State and Territory Government also invited applicants for Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa from 1 July 2019 to the end of March 2020.

For more information, you can go through the following link: https://www.bilimoriaassociate.com/immigration-news-detail.php?rId=177

Prospective applicants / candidates can still lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Commonwealth’s Department of Home Affairs through SkillSelect system.  An EOI will be mandatory required to be lodged before you can apply for State nomination visa.

STATE OF VICTORIA: The Victorian Government has stated its nomination program will remain temporarily closed while awaiting  the Commonwealth Government’s allocation of state nomination places for 2020-21. In the interim period of time candidates / applicants  will not be able to apply to apply for the State nomination visas for the following subclasses:

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)visa
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
  • Business Innovation stream (subclass 188A) (Provisional) visa
  • Investor stream(subclass 188B) (Provisional) visa
  • Significant Investor stream (subclass 188C)(Provisional) visa
  • Entrepreneur stream (subclass 188E) (Provisional) visa
  • Significant Business History (subclass 132A)(Permanent) visa
  • Venture Capital Entrepreneur (subclass 132B) (Permanent) visa

We expect Immigration department to update more information and we will update our candidates on the Victorian state nomination program which will reopen after further advice from the Commonwealth Government.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The South Australian state advises that their Skilled and Business Migration programs are scheduled to re-open from early August 2020,  depending on the Commonwealth Government’s allocation of state nomination places for program year 2020-21.

QUEENSLAND: Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is the state nominating body for the Queensland government and a business unit of Trade and Investment Queensland. BSMQ has advised by the Department of Home Affairs that it will not be in a position to open the 2020/21 migration program on 1 July 2020.

As a moment, BSMQ’s business and skilled migration program will remain closed on 1 July 2020 pending further notice. Also they state that BSMQ will not be accepting any Expressions of Interests (EOIs) submitted on Skillselect from 1 July 2020.

TASMANIA: The Tasmanian Government actively pursues skilled and business migrants in Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated. The Australian Government has not yet allocated nomination quotas to the states and territories for the 2020-2021 program year. 

While applications for state nomination by Tasmania continue open and will last to be considered and no nominations can be made in SkillSelect until quotas are assigned.

Also Migration Tasmania currently does not have an indication of the size of the 2020 -2021 nomination quota and cannot promise all eligible applicants will be nominated.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The state of Western Australia has released a recent graduate stream for the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.
Applicants seeking Western Australian State nomination for the State Nominated Business Owner 892 Visa or 888 Business Innovation and Investment – Business.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT): The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), known as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) until 1938, is a federal territory of Australia containing the Australian capital. They have not provided further updates and are closed.

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT): The state of Northern Territory is has released a recent graduate stream for the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa. They have not provided further updates and are closed.

Also further updates will be provided as soon as additional information becomes available.

 

 

SUBCLASS 190

SUBCLASS 491

SUBCLASS 188 AND 132 VISAS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 

Closed

Closed

Closed

VICTORIA

Closed

Closed

Closed

NEW SOUTH WALES

Closed

Closed (491 Stream 1 opened from 15 to 26 June)

Closed

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Closed

Closed

Closed

QUEENSLAND

Closed

Closed

Closed

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Closed, to advise date of opening for onshore applicants

Closed

Closed

TASMANIA

Closed

Closed

Closed

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Closed

Closed

Closed

 

Bilimoria & Associate are here to guide your immigration application and preparation of your Skill Assessment applications, Expressions of Interest, State or Family sponsorship, points test applications  under subclass 189 and 190 visa and subclass 485 Skilled Graduate visas.

Bilimoria & Associate are trusted Immigration Consultants with a sound reputation and a registered firm in Chennai, South India. The company is one of the leading immigration consultancy and it is one of the oldest and firms established in 1995.

Using a migration agent / MARA Representative may give an applicant rightful information to lodge a strong and a fully-loaded application which has the option of getting the applicant and his family the need of getting their permanent residence visa approved.

Bilimoria & Associate is specialised in Immigration visas to Australia with over 24  years of experience and will be able to guide applicants to lodge successful visa application based on their eligibility.

Bilimoria & Associate liaisons with Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and Member of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).  

Applicants can forward their resume to assess their eligibility towards obtaining successful family Immigration visa to Australia.

You can write to us to assess your eligibility at:  neville@bilimoriaassociate.com  (or) contact us  +91 44 2823 9229  / 4350 8191 /  2822 7127 / 2822 7222  between Monday and Saturday, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm to guide you and assist you in your visa application to Australia.

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