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BlogQueensland tightens State Nomination Requirements – Including work experience criteria

As witnessed by the recent round of changes that were proposed and then implemented by the Department of Home Affairs, it is evident the Australian Immigration Authorities are making it tougher and stricter for prospective applicants seeking to settle in Australia to apply for PR. In a further bid in the wake of shrewder immigration laws and requirements, many Australian states are now imposing their own state regulated requirements and are mandating the applicants to fulfil them.

Within the beginning of this month, we witnessed that Tasmania introduced the work experience requirement to be considered for state nomination, another state, Queensland has followed the same suite. According to the new updated policy which is set to be implemented soon, interstate applicants that are seeking state nomination from Queensland have to meet ‘working in Queensland’ requirements.

This announcement by one of Australia’s most sought after state that offers great quality of life along with multi-cultural activities and great employment opportunities and has remained a hot cake for many prospective immigrants who want to settle here, has made many perplexed and rather worried about the future of Australia as the immigrant friendly nation.

This new development has its own repercussions. For instance, people that are seeking to apply for state nomination will now have to move to Queensland and meet the set work experience requirements in the state before they can submit an expression of interest. Along with this, the prospective applicants that are seeking a settlement in Australia will then be required to provide a satisfactory evidence of post qualification full time employment in their respective fields in the past 6 months in Queensland.

And in addition to the above mentioned requirements, they also will have to make a commitment to stay and work in the state for two years after they are granted the visa. For students and graduates, who have completed their Masters or post-graduate degree program in Queensland in the past two years are required to nominate an occupation from Queensland Skilled Occupation List. Also the Master’s degree candidates must have completed their degree from a research based accredited institute based in Queensland the past two years and the related qualification within which they have acquired the degree must be related to the nominated occupation. Graduates are additionally also required to provide evidence of current full time employment in their respective occupation and the employer must have to be Queensland employer registered in Australia.

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