Sponsoring skilled migrants in the midst of a Pandemic
A significant issue facing the Australian labour market at the moment, is the inability to bring skilled migrants (if sponsoring is not an option) into the country to fill skill shortages within the workforce.
We are receiving many enquiries from Australian businesses about the likelihood of being able to sponsor a skilled migrant who is currently offshore. Due to the current Border restrictions, temporary visa holders are not able to enter Australia unless they have been granted a Travel Exemption to enter the country.
The Australian Government together with the National Skills Commission have released The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) which identifies 18 occupations which fill critical skills needed to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
The 18 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Social Worker (272511)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
A skilled worker located offshore, may be sponsored under one of these skilled occupations and granted a Travel Exemption to enter Australia and commence employment with their Australian business sponsor.
If an Australian business seeks to sponsor a skilled worker in an occupation that is not on the PMSOL, they must be able to put forward a compelling business case, demonstrating the critical nature of the occupation in their business, and their need to bring the skilled worker into Australia.
As the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market continues to evolve, we expect to see changes to this list and indeed we look forward to seeing some easing of the Border restrictions, as Australia will look to migration to contribute to the recovery of its economy.
Registered Migration Agent, Migration Ways