Queensland opens the nomination program until October 5
Posted on October 5, 2020
As per an official announcement by the Business and Skilled Migration Queensland [BSMQ], the BSMQ business and skilled program is open from September 29 until October 5, 2020. As per the BSMQ, only decision-ready applications in a COVID-19 priority area are to be considered.
BSMQ is the state nominating body for the Queensland Government. The BSMQ, in partnership with Australia’ Department of Home Affairs, nominates successful skilled as well as business applicants that wish to settle down within Queensland in Australia.
Under the Skilled Migration Plans, the Australia government allows the individual states and territories in the country to sponsor general skilled migration applicants belonging to a wide range of occupations so as to address skilled labour shortages existing locally.
Along with laying down as to which state and territorial government in Australia can nominate applicants, the State Migration Plans also specify the number of visas that can be granted through the program.
Benefits of state nomination by Queensland
|Visa application gets priority processing with the Department of Home Affairs [DHA]|
|Additional 5 points [on the points test] for a Skilled Nominated [Permanent] visa [subclass 190]|
|Additional 15 points [on the points test] for a Skilled Work Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 491]|
|Similar work rights as a citizen of Australia, the nominated individual will be an independent migrant not tied to any specific employer.|
|Benefit from the good working conditions and a high standard of living offered by Queensland.|
As per the announcement, owing to the limited nomination allocation and processing time-frame, BSMQ will only be picking up new Expressions of Interest [EOIs] lodged on SKillSelect from September 29, 2020.
If an invitation is issued, all supporting documents would have to be uploaded by the individual within 24 hours of receiving the invitation.
Nomination guidelines issued by the BSMQ – September 29 to October 5, 2020
|To be nominated||Priority processing||Open to|
|Business Program|| || ||Both onshore and offshore applicants.|
|Skilled Program||To only nominate applicants critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those in either – ||Subclass 491 [Small Business Owner’s (SBO) pathway] ||Only onshore applicants in Queensland.|
Applicants that are nominated by the Queensland Government must have the intention of living and working within the Australian state of Queensland for 2 years.
The commitment to the 2 years’ stay in Queensland will commence on the day that the individual arrives in Queensland for living permanently. If, however, the individual is already within Queensland at the time of receiving a nomination, the 2 years’ period of their commitment will begin from the date that their visa is granted.
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