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Changes to the General Skilled Migration Visas from 1 January 2013

Professionals and Other Skilled Migrants

From 1 January 2013, the department is not accepting any new applications for the following visas:

  • Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) Visa (Subclass 886)
  • Skilled – Independent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 885)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 487)

If you are interested in the Points Tested skilled migration you must submit an Expression of Interest and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.  SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest.
See: SkillSelect

If you are a provisional visa holder and you want to apply for a second provisional visa or add a family member to your application you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa.
See Skilled – Nominated or sponsored  (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

If you are applying  for a Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887) will only be able to apply online.
See: Professionals and other Skilled Workers Online Applications