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Pharmacists Added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL)

As Australia's Covid-19 vaccination campaign gathers momentum, Pharmacists are being given priority in the processing of visa applications.

The Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke has announced the inclusion of Pharmacists on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The new occupations are:

  • Hospital Pharmacist (251511)

  • Retail Pharmacist (251513)

  • Industrial Pharmacist (251512)

“With thousands of community pharmacies across Australia being invited to join the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it’s all hands to the pump as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues,” Minister Hawke said.

The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia's ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

In June 2021, 22 occupations were added to the PMSOL. The latest addition of three occupations brings the PMSOL to 44 in total.

Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing. Sponsored workers who are offshore are also eligible for exemptions from Australia's Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Visa holders who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation will be subject to quarantine arrangements at their own expense.

Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.

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Elan Rysher is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Student Counsellor. He is the main Writer for ImmiUpdates and the founder of Rysher Migration. Elan has many years of experience working in immigration, finance and health. Being a former migrant himself, Elan is passionate about helping others fulfil their Australian dream.


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