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Everything You Need to Know about the Skilled Migration Program 2023-24 Post Allocation from DHA

Australia’s skilled migration program for 2023-24, it’s only natural that you might be surprised by the recently revealed state and territory nomination allocations. This unexpected news may have prompted concerns and questions about your chances, given the lower allocation numbers. Rest assured, I’m here to provide clarity and guide you through these developments, and this is not the first time immigration news has sent shockwaves.

The allocation numbers for the 2023-24 state and territory nominations may have caught many of you off guard. This was unexpected, especially considering the previous year’s allocation. It’s understandable that aspiring migrants like you could be feeling a bit frustrated and concerned about the impact on your plans. However, it’s important not to panic. These allocation numbers are not set in stone, and further updates are not off the table, as the migration planning level remains at 190,000 for the financial year 2023/24. This means states and territories may still receive further allocations in the coming months and possibly towards early 2024 – if you recall, we have already experienced this in the past, and as we progress through the financial year, policies are relaxed. As an optimist, the landscape of 189 visa invitations, which we are yet to see for this financial year, could bring some ease to the situation.

Navigating the nomination guidelines

For the fiscal year 2023/24, the nomination guidelines are expected to remain broadly consistent with the framework of the previous year. This insight comes from NSW, a key player in the migration landscape. While states like NSW, QLD, and VIC have traditionally followed similar nomination guidelines, it’s essential to recognize that the landscape is evolving. States and territories are keeping a keen eye on emerging trends, just as they did during the last iteration of the 189 visa.

Adapting the skilled occupation list

Australia’s commitment to aligning with current needs and priorities is reflected in the ongoing consideration of adjustments to the skilled occupation list. Although significant changes are not anticipated, it’s acknowledged that some revisions may be necessary. As the situation unfolds, any updates or alterations will be promptly communicated, and I encourage you to stay up to date through the appropriate channel.

Skilled invitation rounds: embracing competition

Throughout this financial year, our skilled invitation rounds will persist, offering opportunities for skilled individuals like you. These rounds are projected to be competitive, highlighting the importance of not relying solely on receiving an invitation. It’s advisable for all those considering permanent migration to explore alternative pathways through employer-sponsored visas in parallel.

Interpreting the allocation model

In evaluating the allocation model, we’ve reviewed newsletters from various states and territories, such as NSW, ACT, SA, and tasmania. Their messages reveal that the unexpected allocation numbers were surprising to them as well. This reaffirms that the situation is in flux and underscores the necessity of staying informed and adaptable.

Empowering your migration strategy

The question many of you may be asking is: What can you do as an aspiring migrant to enhance your chances and align with these evolving policies? It’s important to note that the indication is that the points system is here to stay, confirming the longevity of General Skilled Migration. Regardless of whether you’re onshore or offshore, consider these steps to heighten your eligibility for the 189, 190, and 491 visas:

Positive skills assessment: 

Undertake a positive skills assessment aligned with your occupation and be on top of renewal if required.

Enhance english proficiency: 

Improve your English proficiency by aiming for superior or at least proficient levels.
Community Credential Language – NAATI: The Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test is an assessment of your ability to communicate at a community level between two languages (English and another language) which will award an additional extra 5 points.

Partner’s skills assessment: 

If applicable, assess your partner’s skills to bolster your combined eligibility. Additionally, your partner’s Competent English Score can add an additional 5 Points.

Job alignment: 

Strive to secure a job in your nominated occupation or a closely related field. By securing an ongoing relevant role, you will not only accumulate points for your EOI once you complete a year of tenure, but more crucially, your EOI will stand out among others, even if you haven’t reached the one-year milestone. Remember, some occupations have a historically difficult path to an invitation for 189 and 190, which are called “pro-rata” occupations.

Consider professional year: 

We are back into the high points era, at least for now, but you may consider Professional Year not only for an additional 5 points but to increase your chances of landing a dream role. This applies to accounting, IT and Engineering graduates from Australia.

Moving forward with confidence

The journey ahead may have its challenges, but these shifts in policy offer new possibilities. While changes may foster a more competitive environment, our commitment to your success remains unwavering. We’re dedicated to providing the guidance and support you need to navigate these transitions seamlessly. Remember, each migration case is different action taken today contributes to the realisation of your migration goals tomorrow. I’m an optimist and see a positive outlook based on the available information and thorough analysis.

Stay informed and engaged

Stay engaged with the process, keep an eye on updates, and remember to share any changes that can significantly impact your prospects, such as relationship status, employment, and points changes through employment, PTE/IELTS, or NAATI.

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