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Minister's announcement on GSM visas – 8 February 2010

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Old Feb 7th 2010, 1:07 pm
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It may be the next sticky
No more speculations.

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener.../whats-new.htm
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check department website modl is no longer in existance
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check department website modl is no longer in existance
yippeee!! CSL is gone too. here is the link to the announcement and it looks really like something huge went down
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener.../whats-new.htm

To prevent mass hysteria, the first document in the link says that existing applications are unaffected.

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yippeee!! CSL is gone too. here is the link to the announcement and it looks really like something huge went down
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener.../whats-new.htm

To prevent mass hysteria, the first document in the link says that existing applications are unaffected.
Not quite yet! ... "The Critical Skills List (CSL) will be revoked when the new
Skilled Occupation List (SOL) comes into place in mid-
2010."
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Changes to MODL have been published

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...-in-demand.htm
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Hi,
MODL will be removed
CSL dont revoked at the moment. The major change is we cant get MODL points from 8 FEB onwards..
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The applicants who applied before 8 FEB is now in safe side but we dont
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Default GSM visa changes effective 8 Feb 2010

Hi,
The GSM visa application changes took place..
All MODL occupations are now removed So the applicants apply after 8 FEB 2010 will not entitled to get MODL Points(15 points).

The CSL will be revoked too in the mid of year 2010 till then it is valid. Also the priority processing is there.

The major change I would say is removing of MODL points which will gonna effect for many applicants even me too. Because I do have 115 points left excluding MODL points

Strange...
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Oh no, we were going to lodge our app later this year.......we only had a 120 points with the modl points;((( I am actually speechless right now....So sad,
Have to look into other options, if any....
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There are two options I am seeing now for those who have atleast 110 points excluding MODL.

a: Retake IELTS with 7 bands in each (worth 10 points)
b: get NAATI accreditation in any of australian community language (worth 5 points)
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http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...hats-new.htm#a

Minister's announcement on GSM visas – 8 February 2010

On 8 February 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced the following changes to the General Skilled Migration program:

* the outcomes of a review of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL)
* the replacement of the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) in the second half of 2010
* offshore GSM visas made before 1 September 2007 would be capped and ceased
* priority processing arrangements
* skills assessment requirements for GSM applicants nominating a trade occupation.

More information is available on the department's website.
See:
Changes to the General Skilled Migration Program (362KB PDF file)
Outcomes of the Migration Occupation in Demand List Review – Frequently Asked Questions (373KB PDF file)
Onshore International Students (435KB PDF file)
Changes to Offshore General Skilled Migration Visa Applications Received Before 1 September 2007 (409KB PDF file)
Changes to the Current Skilled Occupation List (368KB PDF file)
Revoking the Critical Skills List (337KB PDF file)
Changes to Priority Processing Arrangements – Frequently Asked Questions (406KB PDF file)
General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test Review (377KB PDF file)
Changes to the Skills Assessment Requirements for GSM Applicants Nominating a Trade Occupation (417KB PDF file)
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Default Minister's announcement on GSM visas – 8 February 2010

Hi all,

Finaly they announced it
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...hats-new.htm#a


Its a long list of docs, read all but not sure about mine case.

I am on CSL/MODL, have send my paperbased 175 application on 22nd Jan'10, but so far not got any acknowledgment, as per the new policy, current applicants are not affected by the changes.

Confused can I count myself in process applicant category or not as I haven't recieved any Ack.

Thx!
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Numerous threads merged - please keep all your comments in here and don't start new threads!!!
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Default Re: Minister's announcement on GSM visas – 8 February 2010

Shall very much look forward to what the migration agents make of this news....
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http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...processing.pdf

"The new ministerial direction on priority processing
applies to all GSM applications including those in the
final stages of processing. Case officers must adhere to
this direction.
The Australian Government appreciates that migration
is a major life decision and can be emotionally and
financially stressful
for applicants. Applicants are
advised when they apply for a visa that there is no
guarantee of a visa being granted. For this reason,
the department consistently provides information
to applicants recommending they do not make any
irreversible arrangements before being advised formally
that their visa applications have been approved. This
includes selling property, resigning from employment or
purchasing travel tickets, particularly in circumstances
where it is a visa requirement that the applicant be
offshore at the time of approval."
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