Wednesday the 11th of June 2014
Volume 310

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Today, we bring to you an update from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that states;the current occupations of the SOL list will not be removed plus in demand trade occupations will be added to the list.


Joint media statement with Andrew Robb & Michaelia Cash details no occupations will be removed from the SOL List.


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This year one has heard a lot of rumours regarding occupations that are going to be removed from the all important Skilled Occupation List which determines the skills in demand to allow skilled migrants to apply for Australian Residency under the independent or state/ family sponsored points tested visa or temporary graduate (subclass 485) work stream.


Before prospective migrants can apply for independent skilled migration, they must submit an expression of interest via SkillSelect. 


This week a joint media statement issued by Andrew Robb - Minister for Trade and Investment and Michaelia Cash - Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection states categorically that no occupations currently on the Skilled Occupation List will be removed. The SOL currently lists 188 occupations that Australia needs.


Not only that, as reported by IMMIGRATIONews Issue 308 Chefs, bricklayers and wall and floor tilers will be added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) from July 1 to help meet the skills needs of the Australian economy.


Minister Robb said in the press release this week; 'Bricklayers and tilers have been added to the list because of an increase in demand predicted for these occupations as well as a decrease in apprenticeship completions.'

 Minister Cash said the addition of chefs to the SOL reflects that the occupation is in short supply, coupled with strong growth projected in the café and restaurant sector.


'Including chefs on the SOL will provide greater flexibility for businesses to recruit skilled chefs from overseas when they cannot source these skills locally,' Minister Cash said.


'The addition of these occupations will be especially welcomed in regional areas, where there is a known deficit of skilled workers in the hospitality and construction industries.'


This would come as welcome news to our readers, many of whom have called our offices in the past months worried about imminent changes to the SOL list.  



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As we predicted today's announcement confirms that there is no change to the SOL due to start on the 1st of July.

We know there have been a number of migration agents and solicitors sowing fear into the international student community by saying many occupations are flagged to be removed. Those who spread such rumours did so for their own profit, suggesting people come into their offices for consultations on alternative measures, all of which has now proven was completely unnecessary.

With the new EOI system there is very little need to remove occupations from the SOL and indeed as we discussed on the weekend, three occupations have been added. The quota system per occupation now effective regulates how many people ore wanted in which professions.

SO the next time sometimes someone suggests that your occupation may be removed from the SOL tell them they do not know what they are talking about.  


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