On 22 June 2021 the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs announced the addition of 22 occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This welcome news brings the PMSOL to 41 occupations in total, and sees the Federal Government continue to focus on how migration can play a long-term role in Australia’s economic recovery.
Whilst the Australian borders remain closed until 2022, visa holders must obtain Travel Exemptions in order to enter Australia. Travel Exemptions can be granted on numerous grounds, including in circumstances where an individual is being sponsored by their employer to work in Australia in an occupation on the PMSOL.
Whilst existing skilled migration occupation lists remain unchanged, priority will continue to be given to individuals who have lodged employer sponsored visas in occupations on the PMSOL. This priority processing is expected to be for individuals lodging applications from both inside and outside Australia.
The 41 occupations on the PMSOL (with newly added occupations in bold) are as follows:
Individuals who were previously unable to obtain a Travel Exemption to enter Australia may now be able to if they are being sponsored by their employer in an occupation on the PMSOL. Where a previous Travel Exemption was rejected, a new Travel Exemption should now be submitted together with a letter of support from the sponsoring employer noting the nominated occupation now falls on the PMSOL.
Contact KPMG for further guidance or if you would like assistance with lodgement of a Travel Exemption.