More occupations have been added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
In a nutshell, this means more people have a shot at entering Australia now.
In most cases, employees sponsored in PMSOL occupations are eligible to apply for exemptions to enter Australia, despite border closures, so this is big news.
The PMSOL was introduced in 2020 to allow Australian businesses to fill critical positions during the current pandemic.
On 22 June 2021, the list was boosted from 19 occupations to 41.
New PMSOL occupations include:
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the Government has taken feedback from Australian businesses on board. It has also received guidance from the National Skills Commission.
The inclusion of Chef on the PMSOL will no doubt come as a major relief to Australian hospitality businesses. The ABC recently reported that some venues have been forced to temporarily close their doors due to severe labour shortages brought on by the international border closure.
The PMSOL is a temporary list designed to accommodate businesses struggling with labour shortages at present. It can be amended at any point.
With the list having almost doubled in size, there is likely to be a surge in applications over the coming weeks.
PMSOL workers are required to secure flights and quarantine spots in the same way as returning permanent residents and citizens. Given the cap on entrants into Australia, it’s wise to get in quickly if you’re an employer looking to sponsor someone. If you’re a skilled worker seeking sponsorship, now is the time to approach potential employers and draw their attention to this update.
PMSOL applications are given priority processing. It is not uncommon to see critical sector applications approved within a few weeks, or even days.