Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

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Australia requires skilled workers. To address Australia’s economic recovery from COVID 19 the Australian government has recently created a Priority Skilled Migration List.

Recently an additional 22 occupations were added to the Priority Migration Skilled
Occupation List, refered to as the Priority List.

So why is this important?
Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the
Priority List will be given priority processing.

All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but occupations on the Priority
List will be given priority processing.

Priority processing of Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications for certain critical skills currently needed applies only to the following employer sponsored visa subclasses:

  • The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)​
  • The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)​ 
  • And the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

While Australia’s border restrictions remain in place, temporary visa holders must
obtain a travel exemption before travelling to Australia. If your skill is on the
Priority List and you are applying for a temporary work sponsored visa, it is
beneficial to obtain a travel exemption to enter Australia.

Which Critical Skills on the Priority List will get priority processing for Employer
sponsored Visa?

The Priority List identifies 41 occupations which fill critical skills needed to
support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
There were 19 critical skills but very recently another 22 more occupations were

Some of the new occupations recently added to the Priority List are:

  • Accountant (General) (221111)*
  • Management Accountant (221112)*
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)*
  • External Auditor (221213)*
  • Internal Auditor (221214)*
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)*
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)*
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)*
  • Chef (351311)*
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)*
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)*
  • Civil Engineer (233211)*

Some of the older occupations that are still on the Priority List are –

  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)

Also on this Priority List are most types of health professionals, for example
midwives, nurses, and doctors.

If you are an Australian Employer and want to sponsor a skilled employee, then please
contact us for a consultation.

If you have any of the skills listed in the PMSOL and want to get a visa grant to live and
work in Australia? Do you need assistance with Travel Exemptions to Australia?

OR are you currently in Australia and looking to remain here with a possible pathway to
permanent residency?

As immigration solicitors, we focus on handling complex migration issues and enjoy a good
success rating in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Court and the
Federal Court of Australia.

Please contact Stephens And Tozer Solicitors if you are looking to enter or stay in Australia.
If you are currently in Australia, we can design you a unique pathway to permanent

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