The NSW Government has announced that the NSW State Migration Plan has been approved and is in effect from 3 March 2011.
As a result of the State Migration Plan a number of occupations have been added to the state list.
For the Skilled – Sponsored (a permanent visa), the following occupations have been added:
Most occupations on the Skilled – Sponsored List require a minimum of 7 in IELTS and 3-5 years of work experience.
For the Skilled – Regional Sponsored (a three-year provisional visa), the following occupations have been added:
Minimum IELTS requirement for the Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa is six average, and the occupations are in demand in various regions of the state.
As the NSW State Migration Plan has now been approved, this means that people sponsored by NSW for an Australia Visa in an occupation on the plan will be considered processing priority 2.
This includes a number of occupations which are now closed to new applications, but are part of the State Migration Plan. As a result, if you have been nominated in this occupation by NSW prior to the introduction of the State Migration Plan, your application should be allocated relatively quickly:
The remaining 120 occupations that are on the NSW State Migration and that are on DIAC’s new Skilled Occupation List are listed on the skilled sponsored and skilled regional sponsored pages of this web site. Existing applications ‘on hand’ in DIAC sponsored by NSW in these occupations will also receive Level 2 priority processing.
The occupations sponsored by NSW may be subject to change during the year depending on application rates and changes in the employment market.
A new State Migration Plan is expected to apply from 1 July 2011.
More information available on the New South Wales government website : http://www.business.nsw.gov.au