New South Wales has traditionally been one of the toughest states to receive sponsorship from but the new list is great news for trades workers and medical professionals.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 31 October 2012
New South Wales’ – and particularly Sydney’s – popularity previously meant that the state took few migrants in just 12 separate occupation categories. Only those with the most in demand and highly qualified skills (such as biomedical engineers and architects) were eligible for an Australia visa.
However, the state recently announced its Skilled Occupations List would be expanded almost tenfold with over 100 separate occupations being added. Over 50 separate health and medical care occupations have been added, as well as 16 individual engineering disciplines and perhaps most notably, 24 metal, building and trade occupations.
"New South Wales previously prioritised highly skilled migrants for its migration program," said Leonie Cotton, casework manager at the Australian Visa Bureau.
"Due to the state's popularity - its location, home to the country's largest city and economic hub - it could be argued that New South Wales had a right to be more selective than other states when it came to its Australian immigration intake.
"However, with the Australian economy beginning to adjust to the slowdown in the mining industry, the Australian government, and certainly the NSW government, know that in order to continue such a healthy economic outlook, the workforce needs to be diverse and adaptable.”
The vastly expanded Skilled Occupations List means that many more people will be eligible to move to New South Wales and Sydney but that’s not all, the English language requirements for many applications have also been eased.
As part of the Expression of Interest needed to begin the Australian visa application process, many applicants are required to pass IELTS tests. The pass mark for each occupation varies and many, which had been as high as eight out of 10 under previous policy, have been lowered to just six.
"Lowering the IELTS pass mark and widening the State Migration Plan so substantially suggests immigrating to Australia is becoming incredibly more accessibly for those with their hearts set on New South Wales," said Ms Cotton.
"New South Wales has traditionally been one of the toughest states to receive sponsorship from but the new list is great news for trades workers and medical professionals."