Migration Queensland says it is unlikely that the state’s program will open to offshore applicants until the next Australian financial year that starts on 1 July 2022.
Queensland has clarified that the department is close to filling half of its skilled nomination allocation for FY21–22.
“The Migration Queensland skilled program is still open, and it is a great opportunity for those working onshore in Queensland to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), as we are open to the entire legislative instrument for state nomination, which includes 504 occupations,” Migration Queensland said in a statement published on its website.
“Due to the high demand we have from onshore applicants and our limited nomination allocation, it is unlikely we will open to offshore applicants until the next Australian financial year that starts on 1 July 2022,” it said.\
Onshore migrants working in Queensland has also been heightened by previously s48 barred applicants now being able to apply for state-nominated visas from 13 November 2021.
The state has received hundreds of EOIs from applicants for the SBO-491 pathway.
“As these applications have a higher number of documents to be assessed, we ask you to advise your 491-SBO clients that there may be an extended assessment period from 4 to 6 weeks following an invitation to submit documents,” said the department.