The new list announced by the Immigration minister Chris Evans with fewer classifications seems a move in the direction of overhauling the whole immigration process which till now was more education than skill driven.It will ensure Australia brings in workers which are needed rather than having a policy dominated by people doing particular courses.
Regarding the list minister said, “What this will do is drive our independent skill migration programme so that we"re bringing in the people we need, not have people dominating our migration programme because of the course they study in Australia. "
He also added that previous lists on the subject not included the long term while preparing these lists.
Mr Evans said it is a fundamental economic reform based on scientific analysis.“This is about making sure the people who come in on the migration programme have the skills we need, have the English levels we need and can get a job in that skilled area," he added
People with the relevant qualification will be available listed on the SOL list will be eligible for independent general skilled migration.
“This SOL represents a new direction which aims to ensure we choose migrants who have the skills to meet our nation"s economic needs."
The introduction of the new SOL does not have any impact on the concessions announced in February which provide generous transition arrangements for former and current international students seeking a visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme.The changes would not affect in any way international students coming to Australia to gain a qualification and then return home.