Where can I check for current Skills in Demand across all Australian states and territories?

LMIPThe Commonwealth Government has recently implemented its Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP).

As a work in progress, the information portal is still being consolidated with latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and should be fully operational by late March 2014.

The primary objective of the LMIP is to improve reporting on skills shortage by industry and geographical areas across all Australian states and territories.

This is highly beneficial for Skilled visa applicants seeking both work and sponsorship opportunities under ENS or state and territory nomination programs.

The LMIP is to be updated on a monthly basis with the latest ABS data.

Industry and Occupation data is to be updated in late March 2014 and thereafter on a quarterly basis.

The Australian Department of Employment has also replaced its earlier static maps with Google interactive maps, greatly enhancing usability of the site.

Specific queries on seeking latest data and data search functions can be answered via at lmip@deewr.gov.au.

 

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What will happen to my (Skilled) visa application when the annual cap is reached?

Skilled visas are allocated each financial year by a system of quotas. This is to allow the government to manage visa places annually in accordance with economic and social priorities.

Quotas for the 2012/2013 financial year were recently published by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Skilled quotas

The system of allocating visas to visa applicants under the skilled migration program is called cap and queue. The ‘cap’ part is the limit of places per category, such as 10,000 ENS visas.

The ‘queue’ part of the system is simply the fact that visa applicants who have successfully applied for a skilled visa, such as subclass 186 ENS, will not be granted the visa if they are applicant 10,001 in the above example. They will, however, be the first applicant to be granted the visa in the following financial year.

Allocation of places is based on ‘first in first come’.

There is a slight risk to the applicant that priorities may change for the Australian government and more spots allocated to other visa sub-classes or categories. The change in quotas does not, however, affect eligibility criteria as applications are assessed on the criteria in migration law at the time of application.

If you have any concerns contact a registered migration agent or migration lawyer.

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