Migration Program Skill Stream 2021-22

In 2021-22, the Migration Program Skill stream will continue to focus on visa categories that will help Australia’s economy rebound from COVID-19. Priority will be given to those visa groups which will help drive investment, economic growth and job creation within the country.

Categories within this Skill stream for 2021-22 are as follows:

  • Business Innovation and Investment Program
  • Global Talent Visa Program
  • Employer Sponsored Program

These visa categories not only provide investment, talent and critical skills to Australia, but are also well positioned to assist with its economic recovery.

Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List   (PMSOL)

The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, announced on 22nd June 2021, the inclusion of a range of additional skilled occupations to be added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

First announced in September 2020, it was developed together with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and assist in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

In total, the PMSOL now has 41 occupations. The 22 new occupations, including their ANZSCO codes, are:

  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
  • Accountant (Management) (221112)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Mining Engineer (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist (251912)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Chef (351311)

As well as employer sponsored nomination, priority processing will be given to visa applications which are on the PMSOL and will apply to existing and future applications. This will allow businesses and migrants to have certainty that eligible nominations and applications will be assessed ahead of other applications. With that said, expect some initial delays for priority processing, given the number of new occupations.