Aspiring applicants for Permanent Residency in Australia were probably just recovering and figuring out the changes in the state nomination rules for skilled migration by some states and their problems have just increased.
Queensland has followed on the footsteps of fellow states Tasmania and ACT by banning interstate applicants.
The updated policy states that interstate applicants seeking state nomination from Queensland would have to meet ‘Working in Queensland’ or ‘Alumni pathway criteria’.
This would mean that people wanting to apply through the state nomination would have to move to Queensland in order to meet the work experience requirements in the state before they can submit an expression of interest to Business & Migration Queensland
Evidence of post-qualification full time employment needs to be provided by the applicants in their nominated occupation in the past six months in Queensland.
They also must commit to settling down and working in Queensland for two years after they are granted a visa.
There is a requirement for students who have completed their master’s degree in Queensland in the past two years to nominate an occupation from the QSOL Masters Graduate List, whereas PhD graduates need to nominate an occupation from the Department of Home Affair’s relevant lists.
Students who have completed their masters must have conducted their course at a Queensland-based institution in the previous two years and the qualification must be related to the nominated occupation.
Another requirement for students is to provide evidence of current full-time employment in their nominated or closely related occupation with a Queensland employer registered in Australia, besides evidence of ongoing employment for the next 12 months.
The good news for PhD graduates is that they are exempted from the requirement of a job offer.
Just last month the ACT closed some of the occupations and Tasmania changed the work experience requirements, leaving aspiring applicants in a frenzy.