COVID-19: Australian Update

During the present COVID-19 climate, many countries worldwide have implemented travel restrictions on their borders, to reduce the rate of imported infection. With the wavering number of coronavirus cases between various countries, international governments have opted for various decisions, including whether to relax or further tighten the entry restrictions on their borders.

Overseas workers who are travelling to Australia, are required to be granted a travel entry exemption, from the Australian Border Force. Although there are several ways of acquiring one, the creation of the ‘Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List’ reveals, the Australian government’s decision to somewhat relieve its travel restrictions, and expand the routes to go Down Under.

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list mentions particular occupations, that are deemed vital for Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Employer-sponsored visa applicants who are enlisted on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List, with specified occupation may benefit from “priority processing” their applications.

Although the visa applications, in other skilled occupations lists will still be processed, absolute priority will be given to the applicants, whose occupation is listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List. This means they will obtain a visa, and travel exemption much quicker than those whose occupation is not on the list.

The listed occupations are subject to change, depending on further potential impacts of COVID-19, and Australia’s economic recovery. The 17 Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List occupations currently listed, are the following:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Midwife
  • Medical Practitioner nec
  • General Practitioner
  • Registered Nurses nec
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Software Engineer
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Developer Programmer
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Maintenance Planner

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