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Priority Migration List and Travel Exemptions

Immigration Update – Priority processing


A new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) has been released which will provide for priority processing of Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa applications for certain critical workers in the IT sectors, health care and construction.


The Occupations In a joint media release with the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Acting Minister Tudge has announced that the PMSOL would be comprised of the following 17 occupations. The main ones relating to our clients are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)

  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)

  • Developer Programmer (261312)

  • Software Engineer (261313)

The new PMSOL, which will be reviewed regularly, has been compiled based on advice from the newly established National Skills Commission and consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies. It follows analysis of the recent changes to the internet vacancy index, changes in employment, and longer-term stability in the labour market for certain occupations. We expect the relevant ministerial instrument to be released soon.

We have highlighted the key occupations above that may be relevant to you so please reach out if you wanted to know more about how we can assist your business.

Priority Processing and Travel Exemption to enter Australia

Under the new arrangements, the current Medium Term, Short-Term and Regional Occupation Lists applicable to the TSS visa program will remain in place, however TSS visa applications sponsored in PMSOL occupations will be processed ahead of all other TSS visa applications.


Priority processing for PMSOL occupations will also apply to applications lodged under the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) visa programs.


The Department of Home Affairs has also updated its travel exemption policy to include an exemption for persons sponsored by employers to work in Australia in an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). Such travellers will still be required to comply with mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements, including the requirements to pay for quarantine costs in certain Australian States/Territories.


We are happy to talk through these changes if you prefer, so please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 8015 2183 or info@techvisa.com.au

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