9 Oct 2020

New LMT Requirement for 482 & 494 Visas & New Priority Skills List

Visa sponsors will need to meet an additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement before nominating an overseas skilled worker on a Subclass 457 / 482 TSS Visa or a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa.

Currently, employers must make two national advertisements to test skills availability in the local market. The change will mean employers must also advertise the role on the Government’s Jobactive website.

The new LMT requirement applies to all nominations made after 30 September 2020.

Priority Occupations | Employer-Sponsored Visas

Employers should also note that Acting Minister for Immigration, Alan Tudge has announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), which will give priority processing to Employer-Sponsored Visa applicants under the below occupations.

The below occupations in the Health Care, Construction and IT sectors have been listed under the PMSOL in an effort to boost Australia’s COVID-19 recovery:

Chief Executive or Managing Director

Construction Project Manager

Mechanical Engineer

General Practitioner

Resident Medical Officer


Medical Practitioner nec


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

Last updated: 23 October 2020.

Sponsoring Visa Holders

Australian businesses can sponsor suitably skilled and experienced visa holders under the above PMSOL occupations. The below factors should be noted:

Labour Market Testing (LMT) is required as part of the sponsorship process.

-Sponsored visa holders can request a Travel Exemption to enter Australia.

-Existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists remain active and visas are still being processed under standard employer-sponsored Skilled Visas. However, the Government will prioritise visa processing for applicants with occupations on the PMSOL.

In our experience, visas are generally being granted to applicants on existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists if they can obtain a Travel Exemption to enter Australia – such as for Critical Work.

All visa holders are still required to meet a strict 14 day quarantine on arrival.

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The Priority Skills List will be reviewed regularly and updated according to Australia’s health and economic COVID-19 recovery and changes in the labour market.

If you have any queries, we encourage you to get in touch. Our Registered Migration Agents can advise on your migration requirements and discuss how you can prepare your evidence requirements for a Travel Exemption. Simply contact or +61 8 6263 4406.


Immigracious Migration Agents

Media Release | Acting Immigration Minister – Alan Tudge (Migration Institute of Australia)
Migration Institute of Australia

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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