Changes to Migration Skill Lists Potentially Affect International Students Applying for 190 Visa

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In the changes to the immigration system announced yesterday by the Australian government, significant changes were made to the skills lists that the Australian government uses for both temporary and permanent visa applicants.  If you are a student in the process of applying for a 190 visa in particular, it is important to check if your planned occupation is still on the list.  Also the list used for the 189 visa has been renamed.

Before, the 189 visa (skilled independent migration) used the “Skilled Occupation List”.  Now it uses the renamed list “Medium and Long-Term Strategic List (MLTSSL)”.  Apart from the name change, there are aren’t a lot of changes to this list.  It can be found here:

Before, the 190 visa (state nomination migration) used the “Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List”.  It now uses the “Short Term Strategic List”.  However this list is now published in a list called the “Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations”.  It is available here:

If you have been thinking of applying for a 190 visa or have already started the process, but have not yet applied for the visa, it is important to check if the skill you were thinking of is still on the list.  216 occupations have been removed. If your planned skill is not on the list anymore, you may need to think about whether you are eligible to apply with another skill. 

Note that from time to time the Australian government changes the skill lists, and there is no guarantee that any skill that is on the list now, will still be on the list at any point in the future.

ANUSA and PARSA are currently running a series of migration workshops for international students interested in applying for migration.  More information is in our previous Facebook post at:


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