Latest Updates on Australian Visa and Immigration Process

June 8th, 2020:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 03/06/2020. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.


Invitation date: 3 June 2020

ACT 190 Nomination – invitations issued: 81

All Matrix submitted: 110 to 70 points
ACT 491 Nomination – No invitations were issued as there are sufficient 491 applications in the queue to meet the 2019/20 annual allocation of 491 nomination places.

June 5th, 2020:

Changes in ACS Migration Skills Assessment:

Changes in Assessment of ANZSCO Unit Group 2621.
Acceptance of Electronics subjects in ICT qualifications.

Changes in Assessment of ANZSCO Unit Group 2621

ANZSCO Unit Group 2621 includes 3 occupations:

  • 262111 Database Administrator

  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist

  • 262113 Systems Administrator

With Cyber Security now being its own occupation discipline, applicants applying under the ICT Security specialist ANZSCO occupation code will be assessed based on separate criteria to the other occupations in this Unit Group. — The criteria used to assess the occupation of ICT Security Specialist will no longer allow database and system administrator related duties or course content to be accepted. In order to be assessed under this occupation code, the course content and/or job tasks need to be specific to ICT security only.

This will also align ACS migration skills assessment with current initiatives within ACS cyber-security certification and accreditation of cyber-security university degrees. –These initiatives are currently being developed and further information will be available on our website in due course.

Acceptance of Electronics subjects in ICT qualifications:

ACS has undertaken a review of Electronics subjects and their relevance within ICT. ACS will now only accept Digital Electronics subjects when assessing qualification unit content. Analogue and other non-ICT related electronics subjects will no longer be accepted when assessing qualifications. Applicants may provide a subject/course outline to support an assessment of “Electronic” related subjects which we will consider. — Applicants should provide a course outline and/or unit descriptions to determine whether the Electronics subject has a Digital or Analogue focus. The applicant should know what they studied through their course content.

Note: Syllabus to be provided for Electronics candidates if sufficient subjects are not found in the mark sheets related to IT. The applicant can confirm this during evaluation to us, but while submission better to give the syllabus if can be provided.

June 5th, 2020:

Tasmania state updated that they will not be able to process any application further under the state nomination category for Subclass 491 – Category 3A Overseas Applicant (TSOL).

A review of the Subclass 491 – Category 3A Overseas Applicant (TSOL) requirements is currently underway but will take some time to conclude. It has been decided to, therefore, close all unfinalized Category 3A applications (except for those with occupations in the high demand category of TSOL). Over the next ten days, a refund of $220AUD will be processed back to the credit card used for the application fees.

The closure of the current application will not prevent an applicant from lodging a new application for visa state nomination if they are eligible in the future when the category re-opens.

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