In Feb 2010, The Australian Government made a number of changes in the regulations governing the Australian government’s immigration program. The purpose for the change was that the erstwhile regulations attracted more cooks and hairdressers to the country rather than engineers and doctors.

The Australia Immigration Authority wanted to change this kthe CSL (Critical Skills List) and replaced it with a new SOL (Skilled Occupations List). The new SOL went in force from July 1, 2010 and would be used for screening every Australian PR application.

The new SOL, which makes migration to Australia more stringent, is dependent on the occupation classification system called as the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) which replaced the earlier ASCO (Australian Standard Classification of Occupations). The ANZSCO takes into account the current needs of the Australian Labour Market.

For Singaporeans wanting to travel to Australia, some of the new procedures will affect their Australia migration application.

-> The eligible bonus points as per the old MODL will no longer be considered in Australian visa application.

-> Skill in the English language will get more importance in the Australia visa application process

-> Migrating to Australia will be more challenging for some skill sets because there will be a cap on the number of immigrants in certain jobs. These include specifically visa to Australia made before September 2007.

-> Visa for Australia will be easier to get for candidates with job offers than for applicants having merely good qualifications or those who are students.

If you need assistance with Immigrate to Australia from Singapore, you may contact a migration agency who will assist you in migration procedures.. For those Singaporeans who are inefficient to meet the criteria set forward in the new regulations, there are other ways to apply for Australia migration visa.

1. Employer Sponsored Visa: A temporary or permanent visa can be applied for under the Employer Nomination Scheme. The employer sponsored occupations include more jobs than the SOL in the Australia Skill Migration Program.

2. Regional Immigration to Australia: Under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, low population growth areas of Australia can sponsor foreign nationals for Australia PR application.

3. State or Territory Nomination: These nominations include more job categories than in the SOL. Those who are eligible for State or Territory nomination can send their Australia Immigration application under this scheme.

A good Australia immigration consultant can help to identify the exact scheme under which a Singapore national can apply for Australia PR visa.