Settle in Australia- Know whether your occupation is on the SOL

Posted by Admin on April 27, 2017

Settle in Australia- Know whether your occupation is on the SOL

Australia is today’s one of the fastest growing nations for employment. According to the statistics of SEEK- Australia’s prominent recruitment site, the country throws more than 45,000 job opportunities for skilled workers each year. These jobs target more people from other nations than candidates from Australia. This is because Australia’s workforce is aging. The current workers will retire soon and a majority of the youth lacks talent and skills that are required to take up these vacant positions.  To overcome this increasing number of vacant positions and fill the skills the gap of the Australian economy at a faster pace, the country relies on Immigration.

The Australia Government invites skilled and talent nationals from other nations on an immigrant visa- the Australia Permanent Resident visa. This gives the employers the right candidate to serve their organization on a longer run, and the skilled workers bright opportunities to be a part of Australian labor market.  Each year to analyze the requirements of Australian labor market, the government in association with the Department of Border Protection releases a set of list of occupations that are high in demand and lack workforce within the country. These lists are called Shortage Occupation List of Australia.

There are two types of skills shortage occupation list:

Skilled Occupation List: The Skilled Occupation list is the base for Australia immigration through Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). These means that candidates who wish to apply for an Australia PR must nominate an occupation from the Skilled Occupation List. They should have skills, experience and relevant education in any of the occupations listed on the SOL to be eligible for Australia immigration.

On April 19, 2017, this Skilled Occupation List was replaced with the Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List.  Over 200 occupations were removed. There are over 200+ occupations in this list. Only if your occupation is listed here, you will be able to migrate to Australia and live in the country without any restrictions. Check out the new Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List.

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List:  The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation list features all the consolidated occupations of various states and territories of Australia. Applicants who want to apply specifically for any state sponsorship or nomination through subclass 190 visa programs must nominate for an occupation of the CSOL.

On April 19, 2017, the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List was replaced with the Short Term Skilled Occupation List. This list is a combination of the STSOL and the MLTSSL and features over 500+ occupations. If an applicant nominates for any occupation from this list, he gets an additional score of 5 points under the points system of Australia Immigration.

Key Differences between the SOL & CSOL:

Factors Skilled Occupation List Consolidated Skilled Occupation List 
SkillsetFeatures high-in-demand occupations of AustraliaFetures list of occupations that are important for a respective state and require a sponsorship/nomination from the respective state government
Nomination Criteria For non-sponsored PR visa/subclass 189, applicants need to nominate an occupation from the SOLFor state/territory sponsored PR visa/subclass 190, applicants need to nominate an occupation from the CSOL
Number of OccupationsContains less number of occupationsContains high number of occupations
Allotment of PointsNo additional PointsApplicants get 5 additional points on nomination
Application ProcessInvolves three stages- Skills Assessment, EOI & DIBP Visa applicationInvolves four stages- Skills Assessment, EOI, State Sponsorship application & DIBP Visa application

How to know whether your occupation is listed on the Skilled Occupation List?

The best way to know is to Ask Our Experts. We have a team of Australia Immigration agents and consultants who have a decade of experience in processing Australia PR visas. By the help of our Australia immigration consultants, you will not only get to know your occupation code but also your chances to settle in Australia on Permanent Residency, the investment required and your chances for family immigration.

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