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Queensland’s 2022-23 Skilled Migration Program is Now Open

Are you hoping to migrate to Queensland? On Tuesday 16 August 2022, the Migration Queensland Skilled Program for 2022-23 opened for both onshore and offshore applicants.

This means applicants from all skilled occupations can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect for the subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas.

The number of migration places available in each state and territory in Australia has recently been confirmed. Under its migration program for 2022-23, Queensland has been allocated 4,435 seats (for subclass 190, subclass 491 and subclass 188 visas).

Read more: Australia’s 2022-23 Migration Cap Will Stay the Same

Queensland’s Skilled Migration Program

Migration Queensland, the state government agency responsible for skilled visa nomination, has stated they will only accept a brand new EOI submitted on Skillselect from 16 August 2022. Updating existing EOI’s submitted prior to 16 August 2022 will not be invited.

The agency also requests all applicants to ensure they have carefully read and understood the new criteria relevant to their stream or pathway, and that they meet the criteria before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The 2022-23 Skilled Migration Program will be open to both onshore and offshore applicants and provide pathways for skilled workers, graduates, and small business owners.

Migration Queensland notes that the Queensland State nomination is a highly competitive program and not everyone will be invited for nomination.

“Of the 193,639 expressions of interest for State and Territory Government Nominated visa subclasses, which were lodged during 2021-22, 16,515 expressed a specific interest in Queensland,” the Department of Home Affairs shared with SBS Hindi.

Graduates of Queensland universities

If you are an international graduate of a Queensland university currently onshore in Queensland, you may be able to apply for one of the state’s Graduate pathways. There are certain features and eligibility requirements you must meet.

You must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) on SkillSelect before submitting a Graduate Pathways Assessment Form for this visa.

Make sure you consult a Registered Migration Agent if you have any questions about migration to Australia.

Read more: What is General Skilled Migration and State Nomination?