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Various changes to the subclass 186 visa (ENS visa) and subclass 187 visa (RSMS visa) have been recently implemented!

The key changes to the 186 visa (ENS visa) and 187 visa (RSMS visa) are summarized briefly below.  Please note that this list is not an exhaustive list of all changes but contains the major changes in bite size form which we consider would be of importance to our clients:

  1. Age limit requirements: Applicants under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream and Labour Agreement Streams must now also be 45 years or younger (the age limit has therefore been reduced from 50 years to 45 years).  This is in alignment with the age reduction from 50 years to 45 years under the Direct Entry Stream which occurred in July 2017.
  2. Minimum 3 years work experience: Primary applicants must have at least 3 years of work experience which is relevant to their nominated occupation.
  3. Annual market salary rate: Employees must be provided with terms and conditions of employment which are at least equivalent to those which an Australian worker, performing the same work at the same location, would achieve.  This is not vastly different to the previous requirements.
  4. Mandatory Licensing / registration: There is now a requirement that visa applicants must hold any mandatory licensing or registrations required in order to lawfully perform their nominated occupation at the time their nomination application is lodged.
  5. Refusal of nominations based on prior work experience: Visa applicants under the Temporary Residence Transition stream who have been performing a different occupation or one which is at a lower skill level may be refused their visa.
  6. Capacity of the employer to nominate: Case officers may refuse a nomination if they consider that the employer does not have the capacity / resources to nominate their employee at the annual market salary rate for at least two years.
  7. TRT stream work requirements: There is now a requirement that applicants under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream must have worked for at least three years out of the previous four years in the same occupation as their subclass 457 or 482 visa was held (previously the requirement was 2 years work).  There are exceptions to this rule.  The first four digits of the ANZSCO code for their nominated occupation under the subclass 457 / 482 visa must match their proposed nominated occupation. 
  8. Subclass 187 additional requirement: Employers wishing to nominate under the subclass 187 Direct Entry stream must now also demonstrate that that the position cannot be filled by an Australian worker who would be willing to move to the relevant regional area.
  9. Subclass 187 specified Regional Certifying Bodies: Specific Regional Certifying Bodies are now responsible for specified local areas under the Direct Entry Stream.

 

We have provided a comprehensive overview of the ENS visa and RSMS visa online:

Skilled Migration

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Skilled Migration - ENS and RSMS visa

 

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Migration Agent


 

TSS visa (482 visa) came into effect


We have previously provided various updates relating to the Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482) visa (TSS Visa) and the abolition of the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa. As you may be aware, this scheme (amongst other schemes) is in a state of transition.


On 18 March 2018, the Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa and Complementary Reforms) Regulations 2018 (TSS Regulations) came into effect and amended the current Migration Regulations 1994. The stated purposes of the TSS Regulations are to:

  • Support Australian businesses to access critical skills if skilled Australian workers are not available;
  • Better meet Australia’s skill needs; and
  • Increase the quality and economic contribution of skilled migrants.


The 457 visa has now been repealed, and the TSS Visa has been formally introduced into legislation and is now in effect.


We have provided a comprehensive overview of the new TSS visa (482 visa) online:

TSS visa (482 visa)

Sponsoring Employees

 

TSS visa (482 visa) - important details at a glance

The key additional details relating to the 482 visa which have now been released from our perspective and which we consider to be of particular importance to the majority of our clients are summarised below. We anticipate issuing further information relating to each of the below in subsequent newsletters:

  • Overseas business sponsors: A definition of an “overseas business sponsor” has been introduced to reinforce the validity of persons / businesses who may be approved to sponsor on the basis that they wish to “place an overseas worker in Australia to establish a business or fulfil contractual obligations1”.
  • STSOL and International trade obligations: The short term stream is used to source workers in occupations on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of 2 years. However, importantly, if the two year limitation would be inconsistent with an international trade obligation, then occupations which are on the STSOL are available for up to 4 years.
  •  Annual Market Salary Rate: There has been a reformulation of the basic requirement to provide terms and conditions of employment to the nominated employee which are at least equivalent to the conditions that are, or would be, provided to an Australian worker performing the same work at the same location. Rather than referring to “base salary” for these purposes, there is now a definition of the “annual market salary rate” which applies to all nominations to simplify and strengthen this requirement. The annual market salary rate must still be over $53,900.
  • Certification regarding employment conditions: Sponsors must now certify as part of their nomination of an employee that the employment contract complies with all applicable requirements imposed by Commonwealth, State or Territory law relating to employment including (but not limited to) the National Employment Standards. Employment lawyers from our independent & affiliated law firm, Sydney Migration International Legal, can assist in this regard.
  • Skilling Australians Fund and Mandatory Labour Market Testing: This has been discussed in previous newsletters but has not yet passed through Parliament. Therefore the training benchmarks still apply for the time being.

 

482 visa - important details

 

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Migration Agent

 


    482 visa (TSS visa): 2 years of relevant work experience required for all applicants

    As you may be aware, the 482 visa (TSS visa) has replaced the subclass 457 visa effective 18 March 2018. 

    One of the new requirements for applicants who wish to apply for a 482 Visa is that they must have “worked in the nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years”.  This criteria must be satisfied at the time of decision, which means that it may be possible to apply for the 482 Visa before the applicant has acquired 2 years of experience.

    The stated purpose of this criteria is to ensure that the applicant has the skills to do the job and contribute to Australia’s economy.  We expect, based on comments made by Government in relation to the criteria, that relevant work experience will be considered by reference to the tasks and functions of the nominated occupation, and that experience in related roles and flexible working arrangements may be recognized as being relevant work experience.

    Additional information about sponsoring employees and the 482 visa:

    Sponsoring Employees

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    482 visa work experience requirement

     

    Contact us and stay informed: Migration Agent


     

    The TSS visa (482 visa) regulations were registered

    We have previously provided various updates relating to the abolition of the subclass 457 visa and its replacement by the TSS visa (482 visa).  As you may be aware, this scheme (amongst other schemes) is in a state of transition. 

    Yesterday evening, 15 March 2018, the Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa and Complementary Reforms) Regulations 2018 (TSS Regulations) were registered.

    Importantly for now, the TSS Regulations will commence on 18 March 2018.  Therefore, if you wish to be processed under the 457 regime you will need to lodge both your nomination and visa applications (decision ready i.e. with all of your evidence) prior to 18 March 2018.  Otherwise, your applications will be processed under the TSS regime (and additional charges may apply).

    Rread more about the new TSS visa

    TSS visa (482 visa)

    Stay informed and read more on how to Sponsoring Employees

     

    Sponsoring Employees

     

    Contact us and stay informed: Migration Agent


     

    Since 17 January 2018, changes to the Australian skilled occupation lists came into effect

     

    Two occupations were removed from the lists, but are still available for Sc. 187:

    • Hair of beauty salon manager (ANZSCO 142114)

    • Building associate (ANZSCO 312112)

    Three occupations were added to the STSOL:

    • Psychotherapist (ANZSCO 272314)

    • Property Manager (ANZSCO 612112)

    • Real estate representative (ANZSCO 612115)

     Two occupations that were previously on the STSOL are now on the MLTSSL:

    • Real estate representative (ANZSCO 612115)

    • Horse breeder (ANZSCO 121316)

    • Management consultant (ANZSCO 224711)

    Furthermore, caveats for some occupations have changed.

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    The Department has issued some information about applications for Subclass 888 visas recently

    It had issued a warning that a lot of visas of this category were lodged too early so that they were at risk to be refused. 

    The Department now clarified that this warning only concerned applications for the Investor and Significant Investor (SIV) streams of Subclass 888.

    The relevant date to determine how long you must have held your provisional visa is 1 July 2015. If you applied for your provisional visa before this date, you need to hold it for 3 years and 11 months or more while you need to hold it for at least 4 years if you applied for it after this date.

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    What do you need to apply for Australia Skilled Visa?

    Are you a well-qualified individual and interested in working in Australia? Australia is well-known as the dream destination for many individuals to not only visit but work either in a short term or permanently in the country. Therefore, the Immigration Department has developed several skilled migration categories that can be applicable to different situations. Each skilled migration category has different requirements for entry to Australia. In most cases, applicants will need to satisfy the basic requirements and in many categories, they must pass the points test. Skilled Migration

     Following are the basic requirement to achieve an Australia Skilled Visa:

    • Age - applicants must be under 50 when you apply
    • English language - sufficient ability in the English language to work in Australia (at least at a competent level)
    • Nominated occupation - The skilled occupation applicants nominate must be found on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
    • Skills assessment - before applying, applicants must have their skills assessed by the Australian assessing authority designated to assess their nominated occupation
    • Health assessment - applicants should be of reasonably good health and all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination
    • Character assessment - applicants should be of good character

    To make sure you pass all these requirements and point test, contact us and stay informed: Migration Agent

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    Eligible occupation for employer sponsored visas

    Numerous of the occupations which are eligible for employer sponsored visas are now subject to inapplicability conditions or “caveats”.  This means that, whilst the occupations are available for employer sponsored visas, there are conditions which apply to determine the availability of the relevant occupation that employers / employees need to be aware of.  

    For example, the “marketing specialist” occupation (ANZSCO 225113) is not available if any of the following apply:

    • The position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD $65,000;
    • The position is based in a front line retail setting or predominantly involves direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis; or
    • The position is in a business that has an annual turnover of less than AUD $1,000,000.

    Further guidance has been released on the interpretation of the inapplicability conditions / caveats which apply to the following occupations:

    • Accountant (ANZSCO 221111)
    • Animal Attendants and Trainers (NEC) (ANZSCO 361199)
    • Baker (ANZSCO 351111)
    • Cafe or Restaurant Manager (ANZSCO 141111)
    • Chef (ANZSCO 351311)
    • Chief Executive or Managing Director (ANZSCO 111111)
    • Conference and Event Organiser (ANZSCO 149311)
    • Cook (ANZSCO 351411)
    • Corporate General Manager (ANZSCO 111211)
    • Corporate Services Manager (ANZSCO 132111)
    • Customer Service Managers (ANZSCO 149212)
    • Facilities Manager (ANZSCO 149913)
    • Farmer – various (Group 121)
    • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager (ANZSCO 142114)
    • Hotel or Motel Manager (ANZSCO 141311)
    • Management Consultant (ANZSCO 224711)
    • Marketing Specialist (ANZSCO 225113)
    • Massage Therapist (ANZSCO 411611)
    • Mechanical Engineering Technician (ANZSCO 312512)
    • Pastry Cook (ANZSCO 351112)
    • Recruitment Consultant (ANZSCO 223112)
    • Sales and Marketing Manager (ANZSCO 131112)
    • Supply and Distribution Manager (ANZSCO 133611)
    • Technical Sales Representatives NEC (note: includes education sales rep) (ANZSCO 225499)
    • Transport Company Manager (ANZSCO 149413)

     

    In the course of providing immigration services, Sydney Migration International and its Migration Agents are able to provide advice on a broader range of issues including:

    Sponsoring Employees

    Standard Business Sponsorship

    How to become an approved sponsor?

     Contact us and stay informed:

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    Australian Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

    The Government announced that it would be introducing a new enhanced temporary sponsored parent visa in Australia as part of its election commitment.  It is expected that the new parent visa will be introduced by the Government after the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill) (which will implement a new sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program) has passed through parliament.

     

    Existing parent visa categories will remain.  The key features of the proposed new temporary sponsored parent visa which have been announced are as follows:

    • Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will be able to sponsor their parents to stay for up to 5 years per approval
    • Sponsoring children must be separately approved as sponsors, meet health and character requirements, and have lived in Australia for 4 years or more. There will be household income thresholds which must also be met.  Sponsorship and parent visa applications will be assessed separately.  This is part of the new framework being introduced under the Bill which seeks to address issues associated with the current lack of focus on sponsors of family sponsored visas leading to family violence.
    • Biological, adoptive or step-parents are eligible and in addition to having their child approved separately as a sponsor, parents who wish to be approved for the parent visa must also meet health and character requirements and not owe any debts to Australia.
    • Only two parents per household are permitted at one time.
    • The parent visa will cost $10,000 for a 5 year visa or $5,000 for a 3 year visa (with a maximum stay of 10 years).
    • Approved parents under this parent visa category will not have any work rights but will have limited study rights.
    • This visa is expected to address concerns over long waiting times associated with parent visas in Australia

     

    Parent Visa and Partner Visa

     

     Further details will likely become available later this year. Contact us and stay informed: 

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    Skilled Occupations for SkillSelect

    Skilled independent visas (subclass 189), skilled regional sponsored visas (subclass 489), and skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas (for example the subclass 190 visa) are each subject to “occupation ceilings” which means that the number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year for each occupation are limited or capped. If the limit for the relevant occupation has been reached, applicants will not be successful in their application.
    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publishes the occupation ceilings and the relevant ceilings for the 2017-18 programme as well as the number of invitations which have been made to date can be accessed via the following link: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil#tab-content-3
    We recommend that you apply sooner rather than later to ensure that your occupation is still available.

     

    In the course of providing immigration services, Sydney Migration International and its Migration Agents are able to provide advice on a broader range of issues including:

    Self Sponsorship

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     Contact us and stay informed: 

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    Tax file number requirements for Employer sponsored visas

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is planning to introduce tax file number collection from visa holders of permanent skilled migration visas such as the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa, the Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visa, the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa, and the Skilled –Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

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    The commencement of the collection of tax file numbers is scheduled to commence some time prior to 31 December 2017. The purpose of collection is to enable data to be examined against Australian Taxation Office records so as to ensure that permanent visa holders are actually being paid at least their nominated salary as notified to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This is one of the measures to be introduced which seeks to preserve the integrity of the permanent visa programme and is welcomed by Sydney Migration International.

    Contact us and stay informed: 

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    Minimum English Score will increase for ENS and RSMS visas

    Recently, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that from 1 July 2017, applications for ENS and RSMS visas made under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream will require, at a minimum, competent English language scores via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test).  Competent English language means a test score of at least 6 in each component.

    At the time of application, applicants need to provide the following evidence:

    • Test results with the required minimum test scores in a specified English language test that has been conducted within three years immediately before the date of application lodgement; or
    • a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and evidence that the applicant is a citizen of that country

    The previous English language skills exemption for earners of more than $180,001 has been removed for these two visa subclasses. 

    This change does not impact applications lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not yet been decided by the Department.

    Contact us and stay informed:

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    People looking to work or seek migration in a regional or low population growth area of Australia

    The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) provides a permanent visa pathway for skilled people looking to work or seek migration in a regional or low population growth area of Australia. This visa lets employers in these areas to sponsor migrants to fill skilled vacancies in their business which cannot be met locally.
    The RSMS offers various benefits for skilled migrants looking for migration move to regional Victoria. It allows the visa holder and their dependent family members included in the visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.

    Permanent residents are able to:

    • live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
    • study in Australia at school or university
    • receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
    • access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
    • be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
    • sponsor partner/ family for permanent residence

     

    In the course of providing immigration services, Sydney Migration International and its Migration Agents are able to provide advice on a broader range of issues including:

    Sponsoring Employees

    Standard Business Sponsorship

     

    Not only skillked migrants, employers looking to fill skill needs that cannot be met locally will also benefit from the RSMS visa. The only requirement for employers in sponsoring a skilled migrant is to offer a full time job to employee for at least two years.

    Seek assistance for your migration path, contact us and stay informed:

    Migration Agent

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    English language requirements for 457 visa applicants

     According to the Immigration Department, if you are applying for Skilled Migration, you will need to prove your English language ability (via IETLS, OET, TOEFL iBT or PTE Academic Test). The required level of English is subject to the visa subclass you are applying for and there are 4 different levels of English which may be relevant: Superior – Proficient – Competent – Vocational – Functional.

    For all 457 visa applicants, it is compulsory to meet the English language requirements, the English requirements won’t apply for applicants from native English-speaking countries for example the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. However, a “proficient” or “superior English” test score might increase points test result.

    There is also an exemption to the 457 visa English requirement for ‘intra-company transferees’ where the 457 applicant is an employee of your business overseas and will migrate to Australia to fill a position with a salary over $96,400.This is a welcome exemption as the government did not specify that salary related exemptions would be retained in any form. Other exemptions are provided for diplomats and individuals who have finished a minimum of five years full-time study in English.

    Business owners and HR professionals will also need to factor in the time it takes applicants to book and sit the English test, as this may impact the times to secure an applicant for a role.

     

    In the course of providing immigration services, Sydney Migration International and its Migration Agents are able to provide advice on a broader range of issues including:

    Sponsoring Employees

    Standard Business Sponsorship

    Further advice for subclass 457 visas will be available. Contact us and stay informed:

    Migration Agent

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    New amendments on accredited sponsorship

    Lately, The Immigration Department has announced the new amendments on accredited sponsorship. These amendments are designed to ensure that a larger number of lower risk sponsors have access to accreditation and the priority allocation and streamlined processing arrangements that this entails. Previously, accredited sponsorship was generally only accessible to high volume users of the 457 program.
    The DIBP believes that this will lessen subclass 457 processing times, whereas at the same time continuing to focus on Australian workers getting priority where skills shortages exist. 

    Below are the new accreditation characteristics that are divided into four different categories. 

    • Category 1: Relates to SBSs that are Australian government agencies (Commonwealth, State & Territory)
    • Category 2: Relates to SBSs that are approved Australian Trusted Traders
    • Category 3: Relates to SBSs categorised as "Low risk" with low volume usage of 457 visas and high percentage of Australian workers (at least 90%)
    • Category 4: Relates to SBSs categorised as "Low risk" with high volume usage of 457 visas and medium percentage of Australian workers (at least 75%)


    To qualify for accredited status, it is essential for a sponsor to meet all the requirements for SBS and prove that they meet the additional characteristics in one of the above four categories.

     

    In the course of providing immigration services, Sydney Migration International and its Migration Agents are able to provide advice on a broader range of issues including:

    Sponsoring Employees

    Standard Business Sponsorship

    How to become an approved sponsor?

     Contact us and stay informed:Migration Agent

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    Good news for subclass 790 visa holders

    Recently, the Immigration Department has added a new amendment to subclass 790 regulations.

    The Subclass 790 Safe Haven Enterprise Visa allows holders who have studied or worked in regional areas for 42 months without accessing social security welfares, to apply for prescribed substantive visas leading to migration for permanent residency.
    States and Territories have to opt-in to the Subclass 790 provisions for the Minister to specify specific areas as ‘regional’ for the purposes of this visa.  This amendment recognises that additional areas may be identified as regional in the future:

    • This amendment lets visa holders to retrospectively count study or work undertaken in an area before it was declared regional to be counted towards the 42-month requirements. This amendment relates to visa applications made on or after 1 July 2017, whether the relevant employment or study occurred before, on or after 1 July 2017.

    Need assistance for your permanent residency, contact us and stay informed:

    Migration Agent

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    New Age Limits for Working Holiday Visa

    The migration regulations changes made by the Immigration Department this 1st July 2017 have brought good news to working holiday visa workers.

    The Department has amended the eligible age for Subclass 417 Working Holiday, which applicants must be aged at least 18 and no more than 35 years old at the time of application. If an age younger than 35 is specified in an instrument for a specified passport, that younger age limit will be applied.

    On the other hand, for subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visas, the increase to age limit is only available for those countries where Australia has negotiated a similar bilateral age increase.

    Contact us and stay informed:

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    Newsflash on Skilled Visa Changes

     

    Key recent changes prior to 1 July 2017

    On 19 April 2017 the occupation lists which determine which occupations are eligible for skilled visas (i.e. subclass 457, 186, 189, 190, 407, 485, and 489 visas) were changed and the eligible occupations were significantly condensed resulting in fewer occupations being available.

    For practical purposes, two new lists were in effect created:

    • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
    • Combined list including the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

    457 visas for occupations on the MLTSSL are now issued for a maximum of 4 years.  However 457 visas for occupations on the STSOL are only issued for a maximum of 2 years.

     

    1 July 2017 changes

    A number of changes have been implemented effective 1 July 2017 which impact the 457, 186, 187, 189, 190, 485, and 489 visa subclasses.

    The occupation lists which underpin many of these skilled visa subclasses and determine which occupations are eligible for each visa have again been changed.  Notably:

    • 36 occupations have been added and are now also eligible for subclass 457 and 186 visas
    • Some occupations have been moved between the STSOL and the MLTSSL
    • 12 occupations have been removed from the lists
    • Caveats or conditions which apply to certain occupations have also been revised

     

    Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa

     The key changes are as follows:

    • The occupation lists have changed again.The lists which determine which occupations are eligible for the 457 visa and any conditions which apply to those occupations have been changed.
    • New English language requirements. The English language requirements and exemptions have been changed.  Notably, 457 visa applications lodged after 1 July 2017 will not be able to claim previous English language salary based exemptions (i.e. which applied to applicants whose salary was over AUD $96,400).  Passport holders of the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, and Republic of Ireland are still exempt in addition to other exemptions including applicants who are nominated by an overseas business sponsor if their base rate of pay is over $96,400.  
    • Training benchmark requirements have been changed. These have been clarified and prescribed in more detail. Note that from March 2018 the benchmarks will be substituted for a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund.
    • 4 year visa grants are available to STSOL. Under policy, where requested by the sponsor and required to meet Australia’s international trade obligations, occupations on the STSOL can be granted 4 year terms. 
    • Mandatory police clearance certificates. Police clearance certificates are now mandatory.

     

     Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

    The key changes are as follows:

    • Temporary residence transition stream applicants are unaffected by occupation changes. For temporary residence transition (TRT) stream applicants (i.e. briefly, those who have worked for at least two years on a 457 visa in the same occupation) the criteria are not dependent on the occupation lists i.e. TRT applicants are not impacted by the changes.
    • New occupation list for direct entry stream applicants. For direct entry stream applicants (i.e. those who have never or only briefly worked in Australia and who do not qualify for the temporary residence transition stream) their occupation needs to be on the STSOL or MLTSSL contained in a new list.  The new occupation list requirements apply to nomination applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017.
    • Temporary residence transition English level requirements have been raised. TRT applicants must now have competent English (rather than vocational English) unless exempted (IELTS or equivalent test score 6 in each component).
    • There are English language exemptions for Temporary residence transition applicants. Applicants who have completed at least 5 years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English do not have to demonstrate they have competent English at the time of application.
    • There is a new requirement to demonstrate a genuine need to employ the visa applicant for Temporary residence transition and Direct Entry applicants. Employers must now also identify a need to employ the visa applicant, as a paid employee, to work in the position under the employers direct control.  The application will only be approved if the Department is satisfied there is a genuine need.
    • Direct entry eligible age lowered to 45 (limit is still 50 for TRT for now). All DE applicants must now be under 45 years old unless exempted.  The TRT age limit remains at 50 for now.
    • Direct entry age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the direct entry stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas who have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions.
    • Temporary residence transition stream age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the TRT stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 457 visas for 4 years with annual income above the Fair Work High Income Threshold, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions. 
    • Training benchmark requirements for direct entry stream applicants have been changed. The training benchmark requirements have been clarified and prescribed in more detail. Note that from March 2018 the benchmarks will be substituted for a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund.
    • There are exemptions from direct entry skills assessments. Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and persons nominated by an Australian university to be employed as University Tutors, University Lecturers, and Faculty Heads are exempt from the requirement to obtain a skills assessment for direct entry purposes.

     

    Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa

     The key changes are as follows

    • Direct entry eligible occupations are now specified in a new instrument. The eligible occupations for this visa subclass are now specified in a new instrument. 
    • There are exemptions from direct entry skills assessments. Direct entry subclass 187 applicants who hold subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas are exempt from skills assessment requirements if they have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application.
    • Direct entry eligible age lowered to 45 (limit is still 50 for TRT for now).  All DE applicants must now be under 45 years old unless exempted.  The TRT age limit remains at 50 for now.
    • Direct entry age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the direct entry stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas who have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions. 
    • Temporary residence transition English level requirements have been raised. TRT applicants must now have competent English (rather than vocational English) unless exempted (IELTS or equivalent test score 6 in each component).
    • There are English language exemptions for Temporary residence transition applicants. Applicants who have completed at least 5 years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English do not have to demonstrate they have vocational English at the time of application.

     

    Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

     The key changes are as follows:

    • Eligible age lowered to 45.
    • There is a new pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa (subclass 444) holders.
    • The requirements for the points tested stream have also been amended. Applicants for the points tested stream must be on the MLTSSL

     

     Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

     The key changes are as follows:

    • Eligible age lowered to 45.
    • Applicants must be on the MLTSSL or STSOL in a specified list.

     

    Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa

    he key changes are as follows:

    • Applicants must be on the MLTSSL in a specified list. 

     

    Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

     The key changes are as follows:

    • Eligible age lowered to 45.
    • Family nominated applicants must be on the MLTSSL in a specified list.
    • Applicants who are state or territory nominated must be on the MLTSSL or STSOL in a specified list.

     

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    Upcoming Changes - Stay Informed

    Further changes are expected on or around 31 December 2017 and again in March 2018. One of the key reforms is the abolishment of the 457 visa and its replacement with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa in March 2018.

    Please contact our Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers if you have any questions. Contact us and stay informed:

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    Information that all Permanent Residents need to know

     A lot of people might not realise that when their permanent residence is granted they receive a travel facility which is only valid for 5 years.

    To maintain your Australian permanent resident status, you must either meet a residence requirement in Australia or prove that you have close ties to Australia.

    Although your permanent visa will allow you to remain in Australia indefinitely, the travel facility is only valid for a period of 5 years.

    If you wish to continue travelling to and from Sydney after the initial 5-year facility, it is compulsory to either:

    • Obtain a Resident Return Visa (RRV); or
    • Apply for Australian Citizenship

    Australian citizenship is the preferred option as it will allow you to always re-enter Australia. As an Australian citizen, you could also obtain an Australian passport.

    To qualify for Australian Citizenship, you must meet strict residence requirements. If the requirements are not met, the Resident Return Visa (RRV) would be the next best option.

    For more migration information, contact us and stay informed:

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    Our migration agents in Sydney say: It's Number Crunching Time

    Finding skilled workers can be a challenge for employers across a range of industries and workplaces. Therefore, Australia's skilled migration system targets overseas skilled workers with the skills Australia needs, to help reduce skill shortages or recruitment difficulty.

    Australia’s skilled migration system has prioritised the selection of skilled migrants with the skills to address the shortages in Australia's labour market. It targets overseas skilled workers with the skills Australia needs across many industries and complements domestic training policies.

    Below are some facts which were recently published by the Department related to skilled migration:
    • 128,550 skill stream visas were granted, with the Skill stream comprising approximately 67.7 per cent of the total programme (Skill, family and special eligibility streams).

    • The top three occupation groups for primary visa grants in the Skill stream were Professionals (63.1 per cent), Technicians and Trades Workers (22.0 per cent) and Managers (8.6 per cent).

    • For comparison, the government has granted approx. 85,000 subclass 457 visa in the previous 12 months.

    Small business may consider a visa under the skill stream to avoid the political uncertainty of the 457 visa.

    Skilled Migration

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