It has been reported in the Australian on the 7 June 2014, that the occupations of Chef, bricklayer and tilers will be made available for independent migration without an employer.

This change means that the above occupations will be listed on the SOL from the 1 July 2014, and be able to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). This means that the applicant will no longer need an employer sponsor, such as for a ENS or RSMS, or a state sponsor, such as for the 190 and 489.

This does sound like great news, but there are some details to consider:

- The chef, bricklayer or tiler will need a positive skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority.  Obtaining a skills assessment can be time consuming and expensive.

- The occupation of Chef, is not the occupation of cook.  To gain a skills assessment as a Chef, the applicant must have skills and experience over and above that of a cook.

- To be able to apply for a 189, the applicant must be able to meet all the pre-requisites and to achieve at least 60 points in the points test.

Addition to SOL opens way to Family Sponsored 498 as well!

Another big positive in relation to the addition of the occupations of Chef, bricklayer and tilers to the SOL, is that It opens the occupations up to the Family Sponsored 489.  Family sponsorships for the 489 is only available to occupations on SOL – skilled occupation list..

Changes to the SOL from 1 July 2014 – some occupations may be removed

It is positive news when occupations are added to the SOL.  However, there will most likely also be occupations removed from the 1 July 2014.  This may impact negatively on people in the  occupations removed from the SOL.

Occupations to be removed from the SOL have not yet been announced.

Warning: This information is accurate on the 10 June 2014.

DIBP will change visa requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application.


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