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Top ten occupation in demand 2016/17

With the 1st of July 2016 fast approaching, the new skilled occupation list  was released with a few changes as listed on our update. But the skilled occupation list for 2016/17 only tells half the story.

To ensure you have the best chance of getting your visa, the team at EMSA stay up to date which occupations have the most space and which avenues are best for our clients to follow.

For 2016/17, here is a list of the occupations with the most places in the skilled migration program:

1. Registered Nurse                                                    16,346

2. Electricians                                                                9,345
3. Secondary School teachers                                   8,032
4. Carpenters and joiners                                            7,718
5. Metal fitters and machinists                                  6,677
6. Software and application programmers             5,662
7. Motor Mechanics                                                     5,597
8. Construction managers                                          5,289
9. Plumbers                                                                   5,169
10. Solicitors                                                                 5,154

At EMSA, we’ve helped 1000’s of clients gain residency across Australia in a wide variety of occupations and on a range of visas. For more information on how we can assist you, please complete our online assessment form.

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    What about Accountants (General), Tax Accountants, Internal and External Auditors? Where can we check how many positions would be open?

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      Hi Dave, there is information available on immigration website. However you can contact us to receive a customised assistance according to your particular case, as the migration system can be very complex. Please contact to organise your case.

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    I am a civil engineer with about 33 years experiences . Mostly posses the post of construction manager.finished University of N.S.W.,living and work in Afghanistan.

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      Hi Asef, thank you for your comment. We would recommend to watch the videos of our Facebook Live Chat available on Youtube (; they could really help you as there’re similar cases to yours. As well feel free to send an e-mail to to propose a topic of your interest for the next Live Chat. Thank you!

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    What about teaching schools work or work of s chemistry graduate . Where can I get an information about this 2

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    myself completed my masters in microbiology.And worked as assistant professor (6 months )and also as skill development executive(2 years).Wish to apply for PR in Australia. can i know is any chance for me there for skilled migration system?

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    My husband and I (30+28) tried to migrate and we both even had Sponsors, but the Gov still makes it impossible for us to stay. We are thinking to move back to Europe now, and to study something which could get us back to OZ. Nurse is on the list, so do you think there might be a good chance it will be still in demand in 4,5 years? And could I come straight away back to Australia with my degree or would I need to proof work experience first? Or is there a Visa which would let me gain Work experience here in OZ? Thank you very much!

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      Dear Viktoria!

      Please send us a little bit more details about your case (occupation, city of residency, age, English score, etc) to

      In this way we can help you in your pathway to PR in Australia.

      Thank you

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    It hasn’t been long since I came here to Australia. I am doing Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management (on a student visa).I have been told that this doesn’t come under the SOL list (for PR in australia). I am quite confused. Can you please guide me? Thank you! 🙂

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      Thank you for your enquiry. We’d be happy to assist you with your current situation and help to plan your pathway forward.

      As Australia’s immigration program is very complex and there may be a number of possible ways for you to apply for residency, please complete the assessment form via the link below. The information you provide will help our Migration Team identify your visa options and possible pathways

      To make sure we have all the information, you must complete the following sections:

      Personal Particulars
      Marital Status
      Current Residential address
      Citizenship Details
      Passport Details
      Addresses (including your home country address)
      Education Details (all school, college and uni information here and overseas)
      Employment details
      Australian Visa Applications
      Once you’ve completed the relevant sections, click “submit” in the bottom left hand corner, once we have received it our Migration team will:

      Assess your case and provide you with some free written advice
      Arrange an appointment and confirm if you are eligible for a free initial consultation or if it will carry a fee.
      Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to assisting you!

      Warm regards,

      The EMSA Team

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    hello, my husband and I arrived to gold coast last week, we have an student visa. Emsa venezuela helped us whit this visa. Now we are looking for a job (both). we would like to talk about it with you. we will be so happy if you can hep us. thanks.

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    Im interested in have a slot with you to get information about migration plan

    Let me know please what will be the next step


    Jaime Ceron

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      Shannon Semenikow


      Thank you for contacting us!

      In order to start assessing your case, could you provide us:

      – E-mail
      – Phone number
      – Nationality
      – City of residence
      – Profession

      Also, if you can give us a little bit more information about your case that would help us to improve the assessment.

      Alternatively, you can come to our office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Venezuela, India, Philippines, Nigeria or Colombia.

      Hope to hear soon from you

      Kind Regards!

      EMSA Team


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