The Australian General Skilled Migration program has closed indefinitely.
With the new migration program year starting from 1 July 2020, the Federal Government was due to release 189, 190 and 491 visa quotas for the 2020-21 year. However, the Department of Home Affairs has not given the state governments their new GSM quotas for the new migration year. This means that the GSM program will not open from 1 July 2020 as planned.
State and Territories cannot open their program until the Federal Government issues invitations. We have no indication of when this will be. Allocations may be issued as late as October 2020, when the Federal Government will set its budget.
This is going to be a massive disappointment for the many thousands for potential applicants who have made preparations for a skilled visa application.
In addition, any changes to the occupation list are unconfirmed.
It could be some time before the GSM program is open again.
Communications from the South Australian state government indicate that their program will close until at least August 2020.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Extracted from workvisalawyers.com.au