BSMQ welcomed 40 Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) members to Level 41, 1 William St, and a further 50 members participating online to a continuing professional development (CPD) seminar on 12 August 2019.
MIA CEO Peter Vymys, flew from Sydney to Brisbane to open the seminar and Migration Lawyer Dan Jebsen provided an opening and closing address.
BSMQ presented on the recent changes on skilled criteria and QSOL lists, which includes a relaxation of Queensland requirements for applicants in the regions to support the Commonwealth government’s focus to encourage further regional migration.
Applicants are now required to only live and work in their nomination occupation in a regional area for 3 months rather than 6 before being eligible to submit an expression of interest.
Changes to the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists were also detailed, which included an increase of occupations available on the onshore ‘Working in Queensland List’, predominately in the science, teaching and trade professions, to support Queensland employers retain their employees and fill critical skill shortages.
Queensland business nomination criteria was also discussed and BSMQ highlighted issues to avoid in the application process and setting up a business in Queensland – which may result in having the migrants permanent visa refused.
BSMQ values the strong relationship it has with the MIA and will participate in another MIA CPD later in the year following the reopening of the skilled program.