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COVID-19: Australian Update

September 16, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Only now in this COVID-19 climate, many countries worldwide have implemented travel restrictions on their borders as a means of reducing the rate of imported infection. With the number of coronavirus cases fluctuating between various countries, international governments have taken different decisions on whether to ease or tighten further the entry restrictions on their borders.

In Australia’s case, a way for overseas workers to travel into Australia is by being granted and obtaining a travel entry exemption from the Australian Border Force. Although there are different ways of obtaining one, the creation of the ‘Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List’ (PMSOL) reflects the Australian government’s decision to slightly lighten its travel restrictions and expand the routes to go Down Under.

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list

The PMSOL lists certain occupations that are considered vital for Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.  Visa applicants who are in the process of applying for an employer sponsored visa in a specified occupation enlisted on the PMSOL may benefit from ‘priority processing’ of their applications.

While visa applicants in other skilled occupation lists will still have their application processed, this means that applicants whose occupation is on the PMSOL will take absolute priority. Therefore, they will obtain a visa and travel exemption much quicker than those whose occupation is not on the list.

The occupations enlisted are subject to change depending on further potential impacts of COVID-19 and Australia’s economic recovery. The 17 PMSOL occupations currently listed are the following:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Medical Practitioner nec
  • Midwife
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurses nec
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Maintenance Planner

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance with your immigration matters, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.