Travel Exemption and Priority Migration
We are continuing to see Travel Exemption categories gradually expand and occupations added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) while Australia seeks to ensure it has the critical skills needed to boost the economy during the pandemic.
Australian Travel Exemptions to come to Australia
The Government has added two new Travel Exemption categories. Individuals in the below categories can now apply for a Travel Exemption to come to Australia:
- A student in final years of study of a medical, dental, nursing or allied health profession university degree – conditions apply.
- A person who resides on a vessel that seeks a safe port – conditions apply.
We have added to the list of Travel Exemption categories previously published – find out who else can apply for an International Travel Exemption here.
Australia’s Travel Exemption categories allow eligible persons to be exempt from the current international travel restrictions to enter or leave Australia. Some categories are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions, while others are eligible to apply for a Travel Exemption.
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was also recently updated to include the occupation of Social Worker, based on advice from the National Skills Commission (NSC).
The Government regularly updates the Priority Skills List so that it remains responsive to business workforce needs and the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market.
Employers and skilled migrants can access priority government visa processing if the applicant’s occupation is on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
Interstaff | Migration to Australia in the COVID-19 Era | Travel Exemption and Priority Migration
We hope these updates are helpful. You may also be interested in our other Australian immigration articles:
Part 1: Federal Budget Insights: The Future of Australia’s Migration Program
Part 2: Critical Work and Compassionate Travel | Migration in the COVID-19 Era
Part 3: Sponsoring Highly Skilled Migrants | The Global Talent Program
Other Insights | COVID-19 Vaccination and International Travel
If you have any queries about your visa circumstances or options, we encourage you to get in touch with Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents.