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SOL and CSOL of Australia have been replaced by two new Occupation Lists- MLTSSL and Combined List

Posted - 19, Apr 2017

The popular occupation lists of Australia, i.e. Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) have been replaced by the two new occupation lists. Australia's permanent residence program and temporary work visa programs approve some specific occupations, which are listed in SOL and CSOL.

Both these lists get updated every year by Australian government considering the latest demand for these occupations in the country. The overseas skilled workers looking to live and work in Australia nominate an occupation from one of these lists to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for the relevant skilled visa in Australia. The occupations included in SOL and CSOL have considerable demand in the different states and territories of Australia. However, now both these lists will be replaced by two new lists with key changes. Let's find out more about this crucial change.

(Note:With effect from April 19, 2017, Australian Government has replaced the old Occupation lists, i.e. SOL & CSOL with new Skilled Occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)&Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The visa applicants, eligible to nominate an occupation from STSOL, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL. Hence, both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined to form a newCombined List of Eligible Skilled Occupationsand hence, there is no separate STSOL list.)

New Occupation Lists to Replace SOL & CSOL

With effect from April 19, 2017, Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will replace the previous 'Skilled Occupation List' (SOL) and Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations will replace the previous 'Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List'(CSOL). Some occupations have also been removed from the eligible skilled occupation lists w.e.f. April 19, 2017.

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Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

This new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaces the existing Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and meant for the skilled workers looking to apply for short term or long term visa in Australia.

Who can nominate an occupation from MLTSSL?

The skilled workers applying for any of the below Australian visas can nominate an occupation from MLTSSL:
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) (unless nominated by a State or Territory Government)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)-Graduate Work Stream.

Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations

The visa applicants, who are eligible to nominate an occupation from Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL.

Both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined and there is no separate STSOL list. The applicants of below visa categories can nominate an occupation from the combined list of STSOL + MLTSSL, i.e. Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations.

  • Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186)-Direct Entry Stream
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)-if nominated by a State or Territory Government
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Training visa (subclass 407)

About 200 Occupations Removed completely from STSOL

As another major change in the Australian occupation lists, about 200 occupations have been completely removed from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Looking for valuable assistance to apply for Skilled Visa in Australia?

If you are looking for key assistance to apply for skilled visa in Australia, you may get in touch with a certified Australian Visa Consultancy Firm for inclusive immigration and visa process assistance. To get more details about the above key changes in occupation lists of Australia, you may send you enquiries to [email protected].

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