Pharmacists added to Australia’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL)
To provide additional support to Australian businesses throughout the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, Immigration has added pharmacists to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL). The total number of job categories on the list now stands at 44.
Employer-sponsored candidates in PMSOL occupations will receive priority processing for nomination and visa applications for the following visa types:
- Subclass 482 – Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS)
- Subclass 186 – ENS Visa (Employer Nomination Scheme)
- Subclass 494 – Regional visa (provisional) sponsored by qualified employer
- Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Program (RSMS)
PMSOL visa applicants and holders can also obtain a travel waiver during the current border closures to enter Australia. Even at this time, the 14-day quarantine period is still in effect and it will be the responsibility of the traveler or sponsor to cover these costs.
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Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced the addition of pharmacists to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations (PMSOL) list. He understands:
- The hospital pharmacist
- Retail pharmacist
- industrial pharmacist
As the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, everything is on the pump, with thousands of community pharmacies across Australia invited to participate. As the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses increases in the coming weeks, the government will provide assistance to pharmacies across Australia, including through skilled migration.
The Federal Government has announced fast-track processing of pharmacist visas as part of its priority migration skilled occupations list to help pharmacies deliver the COVID-19 vaccine across Australia. He was warmly welcomed by pharmacy professionals who described the move as “an urgent need”.
Other occupations added to Australia’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL)
- Managing Director or Managing Director
- Accountant (Management)
- Construction project manager
- Accountant (General)
- Accountant (Taxation)
- structural engineer
- external auditor
- Internal Auditor
- Civil engineer
- Other space scientist
- Mechanical engineer
- petroleum engineer
- Geotechnical Engineer
- mining engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Transport Engineer
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
- Orthotist / Prosthetist
- General practitioner
- doctor nec
- Resident doctor
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
- Registered nurses nec
- Registered Nurse (Medical)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
- Registered Nurse (Elderly Care)
- Analyst Programmer
- Multimedia specialist
- Software engineer
- Developer Programmer
- ICT Security Specialist
- Software and application programmers
- Maintenance planner
- Social worker
Independent and state/territory nominated visa programs seem to give preference to general qualified visa applicants in the cases mentioned above, but the focus remains on those already residing and working in Australia.
PMSOL is only in effect while Australia is recovering from the pandemic; therefore, jobs on the list may change over time. The government will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labor market and assess Australia’s skills needs as new data and information becomes available.
The benefits of this change will take some time to materialize. It takes time for a candidate to go through the full process. However, it is now possible for in-demand pharmacists to apply for both offshore and onshore permanent residency visas.