Below is advice that I have received from the two Professional Associations that represent Registered Migration Agents – The Migration Alliance & The Migration Institute of Australia.
Bottom line is that DIAC are advising that eligible applicants will be able to lodge applications up to 31 December 2012. In other words the opening of SkillSelect on 1 July 2012 will not be the cut off date for eligible GSM (885, 886 & 487) applicants. You have a period of overlap between the new and the old system.
Migration Alliance advice…
Please see below response from Ben Coates, Policy Officer from Points Based Skilled Migration Policy Migration & Visa Policy Division in relation to question raised by Migration Alliance:
Question from Migration Alliance:
Can all students who finish study at the end of this year and occupation on SOL, and achieve 65 points, apply for a 885 visa?
I thought only students in transitional arrangement (applied TR 485 before 8 Feb 2010) could apply for an 885 before 1 Jan 2013!
Please clarify ?
Response from DIAC:
While the new visas (189, 190 and 489) will be introduced from 1 July 2012, there will be a period of overlap where people in Australia can continue to apply for the existing points-tested skilled migration visas. The 885, 886 and 487 visas will stay open for applications for six months until 1 January 2013. People already in Australia who want to apply for a skilled migration visa during this period, including those eligible for transitional arrangements, can apply for a 885, 886 or 487 visa and/or submit an EOI for one of the new visas in this period if they wish.
Migration Institute of Australia advice…
GSM Update: Clarification of Applications Open Until 31/12/2012
There has been some confusion about the information on the DIAC website that onshore GSM applications for Subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open until 31 December 2012, as reported in MIA Notice: 2012.26: GSM Update: Onshore SC885/886/487 Applications Open Until 31/12/12, DIAC WA TSC on Monday 30 April.
DIAC’s David Stewart, Program Director, General Skilled Migration, has informed the MIA that GSM Subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open until 31 December 2012 to all eligible applicants, not just to people who are covered by GSM transitional arrangements.