Published Jan 8, 2024
 by Nick Yock

NEW skills in Demand Visa in 2024

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The New Skills in Demand Visa 2024

Australia is set to launch a new Skills in Demand visa in 2024, with three targeted pathways designed to attract skilled workers. These visas will likely replace the standard 482 visa. Essentially, these may be a rebranding of the current 482 visa (however, there are some significant differences).

3 pathways to include in the New Skills in Demand Visa:

  1. Specialist Skills Pathway (if you earn above $135,000)
  2. Core Skills Pathway (if you earn above $70,000)
  3. Essential Skills Pathway (if you earn below $70,000)

Specialist Skills Pathway:

  • Target: Highly skilled professionals crucial to Australia’s economic growth.
  • Requirements:
    • Guaranteed annual earnings of at least AUD 135,000 (equivalent to roughly USD 93,000) – ensuring competitiveness with local workers.
    • Open to all occupations except trades, machinery operation/driving, and manual labor.
    • Fast-tracked processing within 7 days.

Core Skills Pathway:

  • Target: Skilled workers in occupations facing critical shortages.
  • Requirements:
    • Occupation listed on the new Core Skills Occupation List, identified by Jobs and Skills Australia.
    • Minimum annual earnings meeting the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – currently set at AUD 70,000 (around USD 48,000). Effective July 1, 2024, the TSMIT will be raised from $70,000 to $73,150.

Essential Skills Pathway (Under Development):

  • Target: Workers in essential roles earning below AUD 70,000.
  • Requirements:
    • Possessing skills deemed essential for Australia’s economy.
    • Currently sponsored through labor agreements.
  • Benefits:
    • Filling critical workforce gaps.
    • Supporting economic growth.

*Please note, These are all proposed changes and no legislation has been provided yet. At Pathway to Aus we will be sure to keep you updated. Please note that information is general in nature, please contact one of our specialist migration agents to know more about your specific situation.

READ: On the 13th of June 2024, Immigration released a large invitation round for Skilled Independent 189 Visas.

What is the 2024 Skills in Demand Visa?

The 2024 Skills in Demand Visa is a new Australian visa program designed to address labor shortages in key industries by attracting skilled workers. This visa replaces the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa and offers streamlined pathways for highly skilled and essential workers to contribute to the Australian economy.

What are the benefits of the 2024 Skills in Demand Visa?

Key benefits of the 2024 Skills in Demand Visa include:

  • Up to Four Years of Stay: Visa holders can stay in Australia for up to four years.
  • Fast Processing Times: The Specialist Skills Pathway offers a processing time of just 7 days.
  • Increased Job Security: Visa holders have 180 days to find a new sponsor if their employment ends.
  • Clear Pathways to Permanent Residency: Provides a structured route to gaining permanent residency in Australia.
What are the different pathways available under Skills in Demand visa?

The 2024 Skills in Demand Visa includes three main pathways:

  1. Specialist Skills Pathway: For highly skilled workers earning at least AUD 135,000 annually, except for trades, machinery operators, drivers, and laborers.
  2. Core Skills Pathway: For workers in occupations listed on the Core Skills Occupation list, earning at least AUD 70,000 annually.
  3. Essential Skills Pathway: For workers in essential skill occupations earning under AUD 70,000 annually, focusing initially on sectors like aged care and disability support​.
Who is eligible for the 2024 Skills in Demand Visa?

Eligibility varies by pathway:

  • Specialist Skills Pathway: Applicants must earn at least AUD 135,000 annually and possess high-level skills in specific professions (excluding trades, machinery operators, drivers, and laborers).
  • Core Skills Pathway: Applicants must be in occupations listed on the Core Skills Occupation list and earn at least AUD 70,000 annually.
  • Essential Skills Pathway: Focuses on essential workers in specific sectors, initially aged care and disability support, with earnings under AUD 70,000 annually​.
How does the Skills in Demand visa application process work?

The application process involves:

  1. Pre-Eligibility Assessment: Determining eligibility based on occupation, salary, and pathway criteria.
  2. Document Preparation: Compiling required documentation and ensuring accuracy.
  3. Lodging the Application: Submitting the complete application to the Australian immigration authorities.
  4. Ongoing Liaison: Pathway to Aus liaises with immigration authorities throughout the process to ensure a smooth application journey.
Where can I find more information or get assistance with my Skills in Demand visa application?

For more information and professional assistance with your 2024 Skills in Demand Visa application, visit Pathway to Aus. Our experienced team can guide you through each step of the process to ensure a successful application.

What makes the 2024 Skills in Demand Visa different from previous visas?

The 2024 Skills in Demand Visa offers streamlined pathways, faster processing times, and increased job security compared to the previous TSS 482 visa. It also provides clear and structured pathways to permanent residency, addressing labor shortages in critical sectors more effectively​. 

When will the new skills in demand visa be implemented?

The new Skills in Demand Visa in Australia will be implemented in 2024, replacing the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa. This new visa program is designed to address labor shortages across various key industries by attracting skilled workers through three distinct pathways: the Specialist Skills Pathway, Core Skills Pathway, and Essential Skills Pathway​

For more detailed information on Australia’s new Skills in Demand Visa for 2024, including eligibility criteria, pathways, and benefits, continue reading by visiting Pathway to Aus. Discover how this new visa can open doors to exciting opportunities and help meet Australia’s labor needs.

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NEW skills in Demand Visa in 2024 was last modified: June 21st, 2024 by Nick Yock

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