COVID-19 Delays

Some deadlines are extended


The Department of Home Affairs is aware that some data collection processes are impractical or impossible at the current time. In these cases, the Department has extended some deadlines for affected visa applicants. Nonetheless, each application with the Department may have different circumstances, and each applicant should check with the latest information available at covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au


We, at Alex Halim Associates also recommend that any affected applicants should append their applications with a statement that expresses the impracticality of attending the data collection processes. It's what we do.


Priority Migration

17 Occupations Take Priority


The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was released in September and it identified 17 occupations aimed to fill critical skills needed to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19. These roles were selected from expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments.


The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) named on the PMSOL are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)

  • Construction Project Manager (133111)

  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)

  • General Practitioner (253111)

  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)

  • Psychiatrist (253411)

  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)

  • Midwife (254111)

  • Developer Programmer (261312)

  • Software Engineer (261313)

  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

  • Registered Nurse—Aged Care (254412), Critical Care & Emergency (254415), Medical (254418), Mental Health (254422), Perioperative (254423), nec (254499

The list aims to strike the right balance for Australia’s economic recovery, according to the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge.


“Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover,”


--Alan Tudge


State Nominated Visas

States Begin Re-Opening Nominations


In September 2020, many states have announced plans to issue nominations for permanent residence to fill skill shortages.

With the condition that applicants will live and work in their individual states, these visas tend to reduce the amount of time that it takes to obtain a permanent residency.


This is an opportunity for those looking to migrate to Australia permanently. Hopeful applicants are required to send an expression of interest to the relevant state authorities.


Potential migrants will need to be invited by the government to submit these visa applications, ensuring they meet certain conditions at the time of nomination for the invitation to be valid. Other than having experience in the relevant occupations from the list of eligible skilled occupants, the applicant must also: 


  • Complete the relevant skills assessment

  • Be under the age of 45 or under

  • Score above 65 points

  • Possess competent English         

  • Meet the health requirement

  • Meet the character requirement

  • Pay any outstanding debt to the Australian Government

  • Read & signed the Australian Value Statement

  • Not have had a visa cancelled or previous application refused

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Migration Challenges

Immigration is Important For Australia's Future


Permanent migration is far below the 10 year average as coronavirus causes major delays to the processing of visas. Records show that the number of permanent visa grants in Australia has drop significantly.


In addition to long-term temporary residence that are restricted by the current travel bans, and assuming consistent behaviours of current Australian residents, the Net Overseas Migration (NOM) will be significantly reduce.


This means Australia's economy is in real danger. A government inquiry in 2006 modeled population growth until 2060 and found that having less than 0.6% growth of Net Overseas Migration would negatively affect the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - a measure of the entire economy.


What does this mean for immigration?


When it comes time for the country's priority to return to boosting the economy, it wouldn't be surprising if there will be some focus on increasing the Net Overseas Migration and hence, increasing immigration into Australia. We should all be ready for that moment, were it to come.



It's Different Here

Building my first home—I never dreamed of it


Homebuilder Grant. First Home Buyer's Grant.


Those are the buzzwords coming out of any Australian looking to buy their first property in 2020, and the key points? First home, newly established dwellings, and up to $40,000 in government grants in Queensland.


This is a strange concept for many that are still foreign to the real estate culture here in Australia. Building a new home, as a first home no less. None of that ready-built business, but finding a plot of land and working with builders to find the right design.


The process is daunting, but here at Alex Halim & Associates, we have extended a hand into real estate. We can even walk you through the whole process, from buying registered land to exploring display homes—make your home, your forever home.   





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