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Important information regarding bridging visa holders subject to a s48 bar

Due to COVID-19 restrictions BSMQ staff are working from home and are unable to take phone calls at this time. For any enquiries please email: migration@qld.gov.au

COVID-19 and the border

 

Further COVID-19 links on Queensland support:

COVID-19 economic relief package
COVID-19 small business support
COVID-19 FAQ’s Work Cover Queensland

Further COVID-19 links on Australian Government information and support:

Important Australian Government information COVID-19
Australian Government economic response to COVID-19
Australian Government education related advice in response to COVID-19

BSMQ PROCESSING UPDATE 24 APRIL 2020

  • BSMQ has opened OFFSHORE processing for subclass 491 for selected medical professionals.
  • Queensland Skilled Occupation List for Offshore Applicants 
  • Applicants who receive an offshore grant for a subclass 491 are not guaranteed entry to Australia as our borders are currently closed to temporary visa holders.
  • Applicants would need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia
  • It is at the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs to determine a travel exemption and BSMQ is not able to be involved in this process.
  • BSMQ remains open to nominations for ONSHORE subclass 491 applicants who continue to meet Queensland state nomination criteria.
  • Subclass 190 and all business visas (subclass 188 and 132) have met nomination allocation for FY 2019-20.
  • New quota is likely to be received in July 2020 and applicants will be required to submit a new EOI for Queensland State Nominated visas (subclass 190, 188, 132) at this time.

 

BSMQ SKILLED PROGRAM – SUBCLASS 491 VISA – OPEN 

LATEST NEWS – the occupations of Marketing Specialist ANZSCO 225113, and Finance Manager ANZSCO 132211 have now reached invitation quota on 12 March 2020, and have been removed from QSOL. However, if you have already received an invitation to upload documents we will continue to process your application.

The Queensland State Nomination Program REMAINS OPEN for:

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Before submitting an EOI, please review the BSMQ criteria relevant to your circumstances to confirm eligibility:

Please also carefully check the Queensland Skilled Occupation List to confirm whether your occupation remains on the list:

Queensland Skilled Occupation List 

Occupations removed from the list

Please do not submit your EOI if you do not meet criteria or if your occupation has been removed from the relevant list as it will not be picked up.

Updated EOI’s will not be picked up or considered. You must submit a BRAND NEW EOI. No EOIs submitted prior to 25 November 2019 will be considered.

 

The 491 – SBO (Small Business Owners) Pathway is OPEN (FROM 11 December 2019)

This option can be used to reward small business owners in regional Queensland for investing in the local business community and provides employment opportunities for local residents.

Further details of the 491-SBO can be found in the following links:

I’m operating a small business in regional Queensland

491 Small Business Owners Pathway FAQs

491-SBO Assessment Form 

491-SBO Fact Sheet

After reviewing eligibility please ensure you submit an EOI through SkillSelect. A 491-SBO Assessment Form will also need to be submitted separately for the EOI to be picked up.

All the necessary information related to the 491-SBO is located in the links above. Due to the high interest in the program phone calls will not be answered at this time.

BSMQ SKILLED PROGRAM – SUBCLASS 190 VISA – CLOSED (FROM 1.30PM AEST 26 November 2019)

Please note: no further invitations will be issued for eligible EOIs for the 190 visa. If you have been issued an invitation to upload documents and as at 24 February 2020 have not had all  documents approved and made payment, your application will not be processed due to quota being filled.

 

BSMQ BUSINESS PROGRAM – CLOSED (FROM 5pm AEST 17 December 2019)

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Jimmy Van Eetvelde

 

Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Belgium

 

“We felt that we needed a change because life seemed to be passing by so quickly. We also wanted a healthier lifestyle and to be more connected with nature, especially for our kids. Queensland had everything we wanted – beautiful nature, a healthier environment and a lifestyle that suited us as people much better.”

 

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Hospital Pharmacist, Kenya

 

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Iuliia Ri

Iuliia Ri

 

Registered Nurse, Russia

 

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Nicolle Beer

 

Optometrist, South Africa

 

UK-based optometrist Nicolle Beer moved to Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, after finding love while on a visit home to Johannesburg in 2008. Since then she has had a son and daughter, and become an Australian citizen.

 

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Anerty Gomes

 

Nutritionist, India

 

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Darryl Woodford

 

Data Scientist, United Kingdom

 

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Innovative medical and non-medical technology, Chinese

 

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Businessman, China

 

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Brisbane and surrounds

Brisbane and surrounds

Brisbane, a multicultural city built around the Brisbane River. It has a subtropical climate and outdoor lifestyle. The city offers an active urban life, while having many diverse getaways in nearby regions – from coastal escapes to rural retreats. With 12 months of sunshine filled days and clear blue skies, it’s no wonder Brisbane locals say “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.”

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Gold Coast and Hinterland

Gold Coast and Hinterland

The Gold Coast is strategically located on the east coast of Australia, less than an hour’s drive south of Brisbane. In addition to its seaside lifestyle, the city offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including world renowned theme parks.

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Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

Located about 100km north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. From the ocean to the hinterland, Sunshine Coast restaurants take advantage of fresh local produce.

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Toowoomba and South West Queensland

Toowoomba and South West Queensland

Toowoomba, one of Queensland’s largest regional urban centres, is well known as the ‘Garden City.’ South West Queensland is known for fine wines, fresh produce and stunning wildflowers. It is the business and service hub for the entire region.

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Bundaberg and Fraser Coast

Bundaberg and Fraser Coast

Showcasing some of nature’s best assets, including the iconic Fraser Island — one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the region is a popular tourist destination. More than 80% of the region’s population lives in the urban centres, which offer diverse lifestyles from rural to seaside living.

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Central Queensland

Central Queensland

Central Queensland offers an enviable tropical climate with access to islands, waterways, national parks, and beaches providing all year round boating and recreational activities. Rockhampton, well-known as the ‘beef capital of the world’, acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries, while the Gladstone region is a thriving industrial base served by one of Australia’s busiest ports.

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Mackay and Whitsunday Islands

Mackay and Whitsunday Islands

This beautiful region is famous for its tropical beaches and world famous island destinations. The urban centres provide numerous dining options — from casual waterside meals to rainforest retreats, hotels and cafes. There are also golf courses, theatres, and entertainment venues offering weekend arts and international and local performances.

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Townsville and North Queensland

Townsville and North Queensland

Townsville has access to world class education facilities, leading edge healthcare, affordable housing, entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. The city has a range of government, community and business headquarters for the northern half of the state.

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Cairns and Far North Queensland

Cairns and Far North Queensland

At the heart of Far North Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests. It is a multicultural society, known for its adventure activities, Coral Sea and lush rainforests.

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Central West Queensland

Central West Queensland

Central West Queensland is known for its wide open skies, breathtaking landscapes and warm, dry climate. The region is serviced by major highways, a long-distance passenger rail service and six airports.

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