>From 01 January 2009, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Evans has made the following changes to General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program.
Applications for GSM will now only be processed if they are:
1 – Employer-sponsored permanent migration applications
2 – Applicants nominated by State or Territory governments
3 – Applicants who have a nominated occupation on the new Critical Skill List (CSL).
4 – All other applicants will be placed in a queu awaiting the signal of the Minister for further processing
On 16 March 2009, Minister Evans revised the ceiling set for 2008-2009 skilled migration stream from 133,000 to 115,000. Also, construction and metal machine trades were removed from the CSL.