Time is running out to use Transitional Arrangements

Time is running out for those eligible for General Skilled Migration transitional arrangements.  The arrangements enable eligible student visa holders (572, 573 and 574) and Subclass 485 applicants and visa holders on the 8 February 2010 to apply under the previous Points Test and Occupation Lists.

Holders of a 572, 573 or 574 visa on the 8 February 2010 have until the 31st Dec 2012 to apply for a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa.  This visa enables them to live and work for a further 18 months.

Applicants and holders of a Subclass 485 visa on the 8 February 2010 can apply for a Subclass 885 Permanent Residency Visa using the old Points Test and Occupation Lists.  They must submit their valid visa application before the 31st December 2012.


SkillSelect October Results released

1000 invitations were sent out in the October 15 2012 SkillSelect Round.  This number does not include invitations sent by State and Territory Government Agencies.

The lowest cut off score was 60 Points, which is the minimum score to be considered.  Where applicants tie, the ‘Visa date of effect’, which is the date the person met the requirements of the visa based on the information in their EOI, is used to select invitations.

Visa Subclass Points Score Visa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 60 02/07/2012
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Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 60 09/08/2012
16.22 pm

SkillSelect Round 1 Results Released

28 August 2012

The first ever SkillSelect invitation round results have now been released by DIAC.

100 invitations were issued by DIAC in the first invitation round. The highest points score achieved was 85, and the lowest points score for independent migration was 75 points.

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New Immigration system – SkillSelect – has now commenced

2 July 2012

The Australian Immigration system for General Skilled Migration has changed to SkillSelect.

SkillSelect commenced on 1 July 2012 and is an invitation system.  The system ranks interested applicants by their GSM Points score, and invites the highest ranking applicants to apply for their Australian visas under SkillSelect.

For more information, visit our new website for Skilled Migration: http://umaservices.com/skilledmigration/

Annual review of the Skilled Occupation List and new SkillSelect Pass Mark

15 JUNE 2012

The annual review of the Skilled Occupation List has been announced.

The new list will come into effect on 1 July 2012. Four occupations have been added to the list, and four occupations have been removed.

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