Implication of changes
The changes in the criteria for state nomination regarding skilled visas have affected the dream of aspiring Australian permanent residents. Most of them, and foreign students, are now rushing for alternatives to Australian life.
Changes to state nomination for skilled visas in the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania have made many international students seeking Australian permanent residency uncomfortable.
In the recent years, many aspiring permanent residents and students from India moved to the ACT and Tasmania. They had the aim to seek an easy pathway for permanent residency. After the recent changes, like the increased work experience requirement in Tasmania and closure of occupations in the ACT, the visa seekers today are searching for an alternative.
Moreover, Tasmania increased the work experience Norm to six months, from three, prior to the sponsoring of an applicant for the skilled permanent nominated (190) visa and provisional regional skilled visa (489) .
Changes affect the immigrants
The ACT decided to suspend some occupations, like IT professionals and Accountants . Moreover it closed state nomination for visa subclass 190 for foreign visa seekers. Immigration Consultants located in Melbourne feel that many clients are worried owing to the changes.
Additionally, the visa seekers had moved from Sydney and Melbourne to these areas, and had put in great efforts to fulfill the requirements in the hope to get the state nomination. Today they suddenly a new set of requirements and have to fulfill them.
The aspirants moved a great distance covering the country in large numbers. They are facing a challenge regarding their tenure in Australia. State/territory governments manage their own immigration programs and nominate visa applicants for meeting the labor demands and filling up the gaps in skill. Such nominations get extra points in the process of immigration.
The future is worrying
Many aspirants of visa, more so, the international students reached Tasmania and the ACT. This happened because there was reduction in the skilled visas, after the Department of Home Affairs, merged a new visa stream, exclusively for NZ citizens staying in Australia, with the Skilled Independent visa. In this New Zealand stream, there was a reservation of 10,000 visas for residents of New Zealand in Australia. This reduced the number of visa approvals to overseas applicants and international students in Skilled Independent Streams.
Aspirants are concerned regarding the decision of the government in increasing the least score in the general points test, to 65 from 60 previously, to apply for skilled visas. It will be tough for them, and there will be a stiff competition the existing and new applicants.