As a leading immigration lawyer at Migration Guru, with a wealth of experience in Australian migration law, I am thrilled to share exciting news regarding the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA). The recent extension and updates to the program bring forth streamlined pathways and introduce new occupations, offering enhanced opportunities for prospective migrants.
First and foremost, it is my pleasure to announce that the NT DAMA II has been extended by an additional year, now remaining valid until December 13, 2024. This extension provides a more extended window of opportunity for individuals seeking to benefit from this unique migration program.
In response to the evolving needs of the labor market, 11 new occupations have been added to the NT DAMA, bringing the total number of eligible occupations to an impressive 135. This expansion ensures a diverse range of skilled professionals can now consider the Northern Territory as a viable destination for their career and personal growth.
Income Threshold Adjustment:
A significant development is the reduction of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) to $55,000 for selected occupations. This adjustment is aimed at fostering accessibility and attracting skilled workers to contribute to the economic development of the Northern Territory.
Streamlined Permanent Residency Pathway
One of the highlights of these updates is the introduction of a simplified and streamlined pathway to permanent residency. Overseas workers, after completing two years of full-time work in eligible occupations in the NT, can now be nominated for the permanent subclass 186 visa. This change facilitates a smoother transition for skilled migrants, encouraging them to establish long-term roots in the vibrant Northern Territory community.
To align with the digital age, all endorsement and subsequent endorsement applications for the NT DAMA must now be submitted online. This digitization of the application process aims to enhance efficiency and reduce processing times, providing a more convenient experience for both applicants and immigration authorities.
These enhancements to the Northern Territory DAMA program mark a significant step forward in creating a more inclusive and accessible migration pathway. As an immigration lawyer committed to facilitating seamless transitions for clients, I am excited about the positive impact these changes will have on the lives of skilled professionals and their families.
If you are seeking more information about the updates mentioned in this article or require personalized immigration advice, I encourage you to get in touch with Migration Guru. With over 90 years of collective experience in Australian migration law, our team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the migration process.