Wednesday, 22 January 2020
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State Migration Plans

Australian State Migration Plans (SMP) are formal agreements between State and Territory Governments and the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC). The State Migration Plan enables the State Government to identify, target and sponsor the skills in demand in their particular State and specifies the types and the numbers of occupations available for nominating skilled visa applicants.

Most Australian States and Territories have now signed their State Migration Plans (SMPs) with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) and are accepting applications. You can view the details of the various SMPsindex.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151 on the various State and Territory web sites:

Under their State Migration Plan each State Government is able to sponsor Australian skilled visa applicants who have:

  • an occupation that is on the State Migration Plan Occupation List
  • skills and experience that is relevant to the State
  • demonstrated a commitment to living and working in the State
and such applicants can be nominated under the following visa categories:
  • Skilled - Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
  • Skilled - Sponsored (Residence) Visa (Subclass 886)
  • Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 475)
  • Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 487)

Working through the SMPs can be pretty time comsuming: you can save yourself a lot of time, effort and frustration if you let AMES do the work for you: order an Eligibility Assessment Report from us and we will include a summary of the SMPs that will be of most interest to you (if any). If you then appoint us as your Migration Agent, we will refine this into firm recommendations as to which States and Regions are your best options for finding employment and getting a visa.