Breaking news: Western Australia suspends migration program

On 11 March 2017, State elections were held in Western Australia (WA). The result is a change in government from a Liberal-National Government to a Labor Government.

As announced before the elections, the new Labor Government has suspended the WA migration state program with immediate effect.  

As a consequence, both the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 as well as the Skilled State Sponsored Program Subclasses 190 and 489 are under review. Applicants who have applied for state nominations will not receive an invitation until the review of the State Skilled Occupation List is concluded. Pending applications are on hold for the time being. No new applications are being accepted until further notice.

RSMS notice: http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/regional-sponsored-migration-scheme
Skilled Visa notice: http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-wa/occupations-in-demand

Please contact us to find out if you are affected and to get advice.

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  1. Sam Mendez on April 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi there,
    I am shocked about this situation in Western Australia. Will this be changed again? When is it possible to apply for a visa?
    Thanks for your the information and your help!

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Hello Sam,
      Yes, we have had many enquiries of people raising their concerns about what happened in Western Australia.
      Meanwhile the WA Government has released an interim Skills Occupations List until a new list is developed. It is expected to be completed and operational in late May 2017. You can read more here
      New Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 applications are accepted for certain regions, but the Perth region still remains suspended. Please find more information here
      Please contact us, if you require our assistance.

  2. Alfred Blanch on April 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Hello Northern Immigration Australia,
    Thanks for your updates- they are really helpful!
    From what I understand the interim Skills Occupation List in Western Australia is mainly medical professions. What is with other occupations? I’m a Quality Assurance Manager and I would like to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190. What can I do?
    Thanks, your help is appreciated!

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 11, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Dear Alfred,
      Thanks for your comment and query. Currently the Western Australian Government does only nominate occupations on the interim Skills Occupation List.
      Unfortunately, Quality Assurance Manager is not on the WA list. However, the Northern Territory and Tasmania nominate Quality Assurance Managers for skilled visas. Would you be interested in this?
      Otherwise you can wait until the WA Government has approved the new Skills Occupation List and see if your occupation is eligible.
      Please contact us if you require further information!

  3. Natalie Ferrier on April 11, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Hello,
    I am one of the people who were unlucky. I was waiting for my skills assessment to be finalised before I could apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa with Western Australia.
    I am now looking to apply with the Northern Territory Government. How high is the risk that this happens again, for example that Northern Territory suspends the visas?
    Thank you.

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Hi Natalie,
      Sorry to hear that the suspension in Western Australia affected you. Great idea you are applying for a Skilled Visa in the NT. The Northern Territory has a huge shortage of many occupations.
      It is unlikely that the NT Government suspends its immigration program. The demographics in the NT are very different to Western Australia or any other state in Australia. For example, the NT has a very young population and a low unemployment rate.
      Good luck with your application. Let us know if you need our assistance!

  4. Frank Murle on April 12, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Hi all,
    I have to say I’m finding these developments very concerning. First Western Australia and now Queensland suspending migration programs.
    Is it that Australia doesn’t want skilled migrants anymore? Why do they do that?
    Greetings from a very confused skilled man who would like to migrate to Australia!

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 12, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your comment. The recent developments have caused confusion and concerns indeed. The following reasons were given by the state governments of Western Australia and Queensland:
      – reached the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) allocated ceiling
      – need to review the Skills Occupation List
      – prioritise Australians for jobs

      What is your occupation? There are still many opportunities in other Australian states and territories. For example in the Northern Territory!

  5. Philip Wilson on April 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    I would like to migrate to the Northern Territory, but my occupation is not on the NT Migration list. What options do I have?

    Thanks,
    Phil

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Hi Phil,
      Thanks for your comment. What’s your occupation? There is a huge shortage of a wide range of skilled and semi-skilled workers in the NT so it is possible to migrate even if your occupation is not on the Skills Occupation List.
      Please contact us and we will explain the details to you.

  6. Nelly Maree on April 13, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Hello Northern Immigration Australia,
    I am in a similar situation like Natalie but I am in Queensland. My current visa expires on 15 August 2017. Do you think I can risk it and wait for Queensland to accept new applications for the 190 visa? Or would you recommend to look for other options?
    Many thanks.
    Nelly

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Hi Nelly,
      Thanks for your comment and enquiry. The good news is that you still have a reasonable amount of time left on your current visa. However, it is unlikely that Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) will accept applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclasses 190 and 489 before 1 July 2017. Further, we don’t know yet what occupations will be on the new Migration Queensland list which means your occupation may not be eligible to apply. I strongly recommend to look for other options, e.g. Employer Sponsored Visas or State Nominated Visas in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia (SA) or Northern Territory (NT).
      Please let us know if you need our migration assistance. We are based in the Northern Territory, but we operate Australia wide!

  7. Zaki Lajevardi on April 14, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    How much we charged for visa consultancy? And how can we book for?

    Thank you.

    • Manuela Seiberth on April 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Dear Zaki,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We have different options for consultations. For example, you can book a 30 min consultation, or 1 hour consultation- depending how complex your situation is and how many questions you have. Please note that we are a fee for service migration practice and service fees apply. Please contact us for a quote.
      There are more than 100 different types of Australian visa. In the consultation we analyse visa options and requirements in depth. We explain everything in detail and make recommendations.
      What type of visa are you interested in?

      We also offer Employment Services for people from overseas who are looking for work and/or sponsorship.

      The consultation can be conducted by phone, Skype, email or face to face if in Darwin.

      Please let us know when you would like to book an appointment, or if you have any questions.

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