Australian Government has announced the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List that gives priority to certain occupations for Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa and other work visa applications, including Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa. The List identifies 17 occupations required to fill critical skills needs aimed at supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
The Department mentions that the list is temporary and priority occupations may change as based on support that Australian business need to fill critical skills. As such, temporary visa holders who were ineligible to travel to Australia amid Covid restrictions, are eligible to travel if the occupation is on the list.
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, said, “Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover.” He also said, “Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but will be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.”
To see the list of the 17 priority occupations, click here.
The temporary visa holders are required to obtain a travel exemption from the Australian Border Force (ABF) prior to travelling to Australia.