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Posted at 21 August 2017 15:08 (UTC)

9th August 2017 Invitation Results Published

Occupation Code ANZSCO Description Cutoff Score Cutoff Date/Time
2211 Accountants 75 24/06/2017 11:51 am
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 30/05/2017 12:03 am
2334 Electronics Engineer 70 4/8/17 18:16
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 02/08/2017 10:16 pm 
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 9/7/17 23:37
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 70 12/4/17 16:14
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 70 04/08/2017 5:17 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 70 4/8/17 13:30

Australian news

Posted at 21 August 2017 15:08 (UTC)

Occupation Ceilings for FY 2017-18 Released

Occupation ceiling for the 2017-18 program year will stay on the same level as for 2016-17.

* Note that Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2017-18
1331Construction Managers5400
1332Engineering Managers1155
1341Child Care Centre Managers1000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1374
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1327
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1000
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1474
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3296
2333Electrical Engineers1042
2334Electronics Engineers*1000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2178
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1000
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1487
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2639
2414Secondary School Teachers7910
2415Special Education Teachers1000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1113
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1000
2524Occupational Therapists1109
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3495
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1000
2544Registered Nurses16741
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1574
2613Software and Applications Programmers*6202
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2391
2631Computer Network Professionals*1318
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000
2725Social Workers1562
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1000
3211Automotive Electricians1000
3212Motor Mechanics5980
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4426
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists5330
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1271
3312Carpenters and Joiners6968
3322Painting Trades Workers2780
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1407
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1427
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1878
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights

American news

Posted at 03 August 2017 08:08 (UTC)

How to earn 'points' to come to the US under Trump's immigration plan


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday got behind a bill to drastically cut legal immigration and replace current employment based visas with a point system.

The plan mimics systems used by Australia and Canada, which Trump has often praised, in awarding points to potential immigrants based on broad categories. The 140,000 visas available annually under this system would be distributed to the highest point-getters first.

Under the plan -- if approved by Congress, which will be a heavy lift -- the highest point-getting candidate, for example, not including special circumstances, would be a 26- to 31-year-old with a US-based doctorate or professional degree, who speaks nearly perfect English and who has a salary offer that's three times as high as the median income where they are.
Have an Olympic medal or Nobel Prize? That will help too.
A candidate must have at least 30 points to apply.
Here's how the points would be doled out:


Priority is given to prime working ages. Someone aged 18 through 21 gets six points, ages 22 through 25 gets eight points and ages 26 through 30 get 10 points.
The points then decrease, with someone aged 31 through 35 getting eight points, 36 through 40 getting six points, ages 41 through 45 getting four points and ages 46 through 50 getting two points.
Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though people over 50 years old are still allowed to apply.


Points are distributed based on the highest degree a person has achieved. One point is given for an applicant with a US high school diploma or the foreign equivalent. A foreign bachelor's degree earns five points, while a US bachelor's degree earns six points.
A foreign master's degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a US master's earns eight points. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a US equivalent earns 13.

English ability

Points are also given out for English ability, as determined by standardized English test.
Anyone with less than a 60th percentile proficiency gets no points. Between 60th and 80th percentile is worth six points, someone in the 80th to 90th percentile range earns 10 points, someone with a 90th percentile proficiency or above earns 11 points, and someone in the 100th percentile range earns 12 points.

Job offer?

The only point scale that factors in whether an individual actually has a job offer in the US comes in the form of salary in an effort to boost wages.
Five points are awarded if an applicant has a job offer that will pay at least 150% of median household income in the state where he or she will be employed. That goes up to eight points if the income is 200% the median income, and 13 points if it's 300% the median.

Nobel Prize

There are bonus points available for "extraordinary achievement," mainly reserved for major international awards. The system grants 25 points to someone who has won a Nobel prize or something "comparable."


Fifteen points would be given to someone earning an individual Olympic medal or relatively competitive international sporting event.


The bill would eliminate a category of visas that spurred foreign investment in the US, the EB-5 program, which was used by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's family businesses to build major real estate projects.
That concept is represented by awarding six points to an applicant who invests $1.35 million into a "new commercial enterprise" in the US, maintained for three years and with that individual holding management of that business as his or her primary application. The points go up to 12 if the investment is $1.8 million.


The bill also requires applicants, if they want to bring a spouse with them, to calculate the points the spouse would earn under the same rubric.


Canadian news

Posted at 28 July 2017 03:07 (UTC)

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream – A Hold on Intake


Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) has recently seen a surge in applications. The stream has reached its current registration limit and no additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time. The program will also place a hold on sending any additional Notifications of Interest for the Human Capital Priorities stream.

Please note, if you have already registered for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must submit your complete application through the OINP e Filing Portal within 14 days of registering a profile.

Canadian news

Posted at 12 July 2017 23:07 (UTC)

CRS Cut-Off Threshold Decreases in July 12 Express Entry Draw

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Candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with 440 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the July 12 Express Entry draw. A total of 3,202 candidates were invited this time around.

The CRS cut-off threshold has decreased by nine points since the previous draw, which took place on June 28.

Today’s draw is the second to have taken place since changes were made to the CRS last month. Following those changes, and as CICNews explained a couple of weeks ago, it was expected that the CRS threshold would go up temporarily to allow for the fact that some candidates in the pool, specifically those with a sibling in Canada and those with French ability, received a boost in their score last month. In addition, the longer-than-usual gap between draws last month would have also been a contributing factor to the threshold going up before the June 28 draw.

While the threshold has not decreased again to its historic low of 413 or beyond, candidates remaining in the pool may take heart that the threshold has indeed decreased on this occasion — even more so when it is also taken into account that there were slightly fewer Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued this time around than previously.


Australian news

Posted at 30 June 2017 04:06 (UTC)

2017 - 2018 SOL List of eligible skilled occupations

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List of eligible skilled occupations

Only certain occupations are approved for use under Australia’s permanent and temporary skilled visa programmes.  As of 1 July 2017, these occupations are listed in legislative instruments for the relevant visa programme.

Separate instruments are available for the following visa programmes:

A further instrument which relates to the following subclasses is also available:

Each of these instruments still contains two occupation lists:

  • the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

As of 1 July 2017, these lists have, however, been revised following a further review of the available occupations. The main changes to these lists are summarised below:

  • 12 occupations have been completely removed from the lists;
  • a number of occupations have been added to the lists for certain visa programmes;
  • some additional occupations have moved between the STSOL to the MLTSSL;
  • the caveats on some occupations have been revised;  
  • caveats on occupations now apply to both the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream.

The information below explains where to find eligible occupation information for particular visa programmes, and the impacts of recent changes.

Occupations available for General Skilled Migration visa programmes

If you are applying for any of the below:

you will need to nominate an occupation from the MLTSSL of the relevant legislative instrument – see: IMMI 17/072 Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities. 

If you are applying for any of the below:

You will need to nominate an occupation from the same legislative instrument above. Additional occupations included in the STSOL will, however, also be available to you.

Note: the above instrument also restricts the use of certain occupations to certain subclasses listed above.

Occupations for employer sponsored visa programmes

Separate legislative instruments now exist outlining eligible occupations for the following sponsored visa programmes:

The occupations available for the subclass 186 and 457 programmes are the same. Consequently, for ease of reference, a single alphabetical list of these occupations is available.  See: Combined list of eligible skilled occupations.

Note: Different eligible occupation arrangements are in place for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) - Direct Entry Stream.

Removed occupations

On 1 July 2017, 12 occupations were removed entirely from the list of eligible skilled occupations. See: List of the removed occupations    

If your occupation has been removed from the list, you will be impacted if:

  • your subclass 457 visa or nomination application is still being processed by the Department on 1 July 2017. In such cases, your application cannot be approved. Once your application has reached the assessment stage, you will be contacted by the Department and given the opportunity to withdraw your application in writing. Alternatively, you can request a withdrawal in writing at any time and request a refund of the application fee. If you do not withdraw your application, it will be refused.

This means that any applications already lodged before 1 July 2017 for the above visa subclasses (other than a 457 visa) will not be impacted (even if the occupation was removed on 1 July 2017).

If you already hold a subclass 457 visa, you will not be impacted by these removed occupations unless you apply for a further subclass 457 visa or are changing your occupation or employer.

Caveats on occupations

As of 1 July 2017, caveats apply to 67 occupations for the purposes of the following visa programmes only:

These caveats are designed to ensure that the above visa programmes are used to fill skilled positions that cannot be filled via the local labour market. If you are working in a highly skilled position, you are unlikely to be impacted by these arrangements. 
 For the specific wording of each caveat – see the relevant legislative instrument:

A summary of Caveats on occupations  that apply to particular occupations is available.

The caveats apply to:

  • subclass 186 visa and nomination applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017
  • subclass 457 visa and nomination applications which:
    • are lodged on or after 1 July 2017
    • were lodged before 1 July 2017 and have not yet been decided by the Department.

If your occupation is now subject to a caveat, an officer will assess whether the caveat applies in the particular circumstances of your nominated position.

If you have a pending application with the Department which was lodged before 1 July 2017 and you are certain you cannot meet the caveat requirements, you can request a withdrawal in writing at any time and request a refund of the application fee. If you do not withdraw your application and do not meet the caveat requirements, your application will be refused.

If you already hold a subclass 457 visa, you will not be impacted by these caveated occupations unless you apply for a further subclass 457 visa or are changing your occupation or employer.

Australian news

Posted at 28 June 2017 02:06 (UTC)

Victoria: New application process for ICT occupations

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26 June 2017

On 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program is reopening applications for ICT occupations. For the full list of occupations, please see the Visa nomination occupation list for Victoria.

Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, we are changing our application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and hopefully improve your experience with our program.  To apply for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations), follow these steps:

1. Check you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI.

3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed. If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.

4. Submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. We recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.

5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

6. Submit a visa application to DIBP within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

Selection considerations    

The Victorian Government will review and select the top ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.  Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.

If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.

Exemptions from this process

This application process is for ICT occupations only. However, if you are an ICT applicant and  currently hold an offer of employment in Victoria, or meet the streamlined 457 or PhD pathways, you are exempt from this process and can lodge a Victorian visa nomination application without lodging an EOI first.

Canadian news

Posted at 11 June 2017 01:06 (UTC)

Canadian e-APR Weekly round up report June 11th 2017


Quick weekly round-up:

If you have any feedback on this report please e-mail: 

If you find this status update useful please SHARE on Facebook and Twitter - thank you in advance. 

Passport Request by month this year up to date: 


Passport Request by month June up to date: 


Statuses by the month of submission up to date: 


Statuses by day of submission for January: 
*PNP Inland and Outland are almost non touched, a lot of cases are not active as people just not getting any kind of update from CIC (the same also applies to December 2016) 


Statuses by day of submission for February: 
*Please note CEC and FSW outland/inland have been processed actively this is especially true for CEC. PNP Outland/Inland are also remain pretty much untouched. 

Statuses by day of submission for March: 

Statuses by day of submission for April: 
*Please note we have seen some quick Passport Requests (~65 days) this months. Which is a positive sign. 

Statuses by day of submission for May: 

Source for these reports:

Average waiting time to PPR By STREAM: 

Source for this reports:

Cheers everyone and enjoy the weekend (for some its a long weekend)!

Australian news

Posted at 07 June 2017 03:06 (UTC)

General Skilled Migration Changes - 1 July 2017

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1 July will see a number of changes to the General Skilled Migration program - for instance:

  • The maximum age for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa will be reduced from 49 to 44
  • A new permanent residence pathway for NZ citizens will be introduced
  • The skilled occupations lists are likely to be reviewed
  • Occupational ceilings will be released
  • State Migration Plans will reopen

This article goes through each of these changes and explains the likely consequences for applicants.

Changes to Age Limit for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas

The maximum age for General Skilled Migration is currently 49. For the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, this will be reduced to 44 from 1 July.

At this stage, none of the following visa types will be affected by the change:

According to Department of Immigration figures, only around 1% of applicants for the 189 subclass are between 45 and 49 at present. Whilst the overall impact on program numbers is small, for people between 45 and 49 the effect will be significant because the age limit for permanent employer sponsored is also being reduced to 44.

NZ Citizen Pathway

permanent residence pathway for New Zealand citizens who have lived and worked in Australia for at least 5 years will be introduced from 1 July 2017.

The pathway will be implemented as a stream within the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. The NZ citizen stream will be significantly easier to qualify for than the traditional 189 subclass, and in particular:

  • No skills assessment, English language test, points test or SkillSelect invitation will be required
  • No age limit
  • Concessions on the health requirement
  • Small initial application fee

The Australian government estimates that 60-70,000 New Zealanders may be eligible for the new stream. This may mean that fewer places are available for applicants in the points tested stream. This in turn may affect the occupational ceilings for skilled migration, and result in higher points being required for an invitation through SkillSelect.

Revision of Skilled Occupations Lists

We expect the occupations lists for General Skilled Migration - the MLTSSL and STSOL - to be revised from 1 July 2017.

There are a number of occupations, mainly in the engineering sector, which are on the MLTSSL but not the STSOL. This is unusual and we expect these occupations to be candidates for removal.

The Department of Education maintains a list of "Flagged Occupations". These could also be considered for removal, but based on previous years, only a few flagged occupations are removed each year.

On the other hand, the changes to employer sponsorship announced on 18 April have resulted in restrictions on sponsoring staff for permanent residence or longer-term 457 visas, unless the occupation is on the MLTSSL. There have also been some unexpected occupations removed from the STSOL (eg Human Resources Advisor, and many science and engineering occupations).

We expect Australian business groups to lobby for critical occupations to be added to the MLTSSL and STSOL. This would also be good for applicants for General Skilled Migration in any of the occupations which might be added.

Occupational Ceilings to be Released

Occupational ceilings play a very important part in managing the General Skilled Migration program. They give a maximum number of EOI invitations which can be issued to Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional (Family Sponsored) Subclass 489 applicants.

In the last few years, it has become more competitive for people in popular occupations in the accounting, IT and certain engineering specialisations. If the occupational ceilings stay the same or are reduced, we expect it to become even more competitive. This will mean higher points scores may be required for an invitation.

State Migration Plans Reopen

Many states have either closed their state nomination programs or restricted them significantly - examples include Queensland, Western Australia and ACT. Others have reached quotas for popular occupations.

Most states will restart their state migration plans from July. For some states, ACT and South Australia in particular, many occupations fill very quickly after the program reopens. Applicants should make sure that they are ready to lodge for state nomination as soon as possible after they reopen to avoid disappointment.


The 1 July changes are likely to make it more difficult to qualify for General Skilled Migration. Particularly for those affected by the decrease in the age limit, applying before 1 July will be advisable if at all possible.

We expect that the Skilled Independent program will be more competitive in 2017-18 - this makes looking at alternative options such as state nominated or employer sponsored visas more important.


Canadian news

Posted at 27 May 2017 23:05 (UTC)

Canadian e-APR Weekly round up report May 28th 2017


Quick weekly round-up:

If you have any feedback on this report please e-mail 

If you find this status update useful please SHARE the link - thank you in advance. 

Year to date number of PPRs reported (May is the most fruitful months by far): 

May PPRs: 

Source for this report:

Statuses by month of submission: 

You can see a clear trendline showing how CIC is working on cases. Jan is ~50% done, Feb is ~30%, March-10% 


January current statuses:


February current statuses:


March current statuses:


April current statuses:

May current statuses:

Source for the report:

Average Processing by Stream:



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