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Please see below summary on key changes as the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) repealed the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa on 18th March 2018 and replaced it with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa. For all intents and purposes the TSS Visa program is still a 3 step employer sponsored temporary residency visa. The first step is still Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) to have a business approved to sponsor overseas workers. The second application is the ... Read More
11 Oct 2017 457 Visa Changes
Changes to the 457 Visa Earlier in 2017, the Australian Government announced it was retiring the current 457 visa and in its place would be the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which will have two streams. The 457 visa or the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa as it was formally known, is the most common of the visa for sponsored workers from overseas. The aim of this decision by the government, according to announcement by Prime Minister Turnball, is the hope that the changes ... Read More
11 Oct 2017 Visa Simplification
The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol (DIBP) has been asked to update Australia’s archaic and complicated visa system, with the goal to simplify and edit the visa list from 99 down to ten. The Australian government has invited members of the public and interested parties and stakeholders to submit their recommendations to the visa system. Australia is a popular place for people to want to move to, or even travel. Our economic stability, the lifestyle, the distance from political danger ... Read More
1st July 2017 457, ENS, RSMS and Skilled Migration Legislative Changes Following on from the April 18th 2017 changes the government has implemented further changes impacting the temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas and the general skilled migration visas. These are summarised below. Occupation List Changes The following instruments specifying relevant occupation for the different visa subclasses: IMMI 17-060 for 457 visas IMMI 17-080 ... Read More
Within the 2017-18 Migration Programme year the DIBP have announced the introduction of a new 5 Year Temporary Residency Sponsored Parent Visa to facilitate parents of Australian Permanent Residents / Citizens to spend more time with their children. Currently Parents can use the Parent Migration Program, Visitor Visa or Investor Retirement Visas to spend time with children. This will open up a new pathway. The application process will be ... Read More
As part of the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017-18 the DIBP have indicated that Visa Application Charges are due to increase from 1st July 2017. The last time Visa Application Charges increased was 1st July 2015. This time, unlike the last increase, the increases are in line with inflation. The DIBP have also outlined that the Visa Application Charges will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rounded to the nearest $5. This will apply to the First ... Read More
The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen, by: • Increasing the general residence requirement, to a minimum of four (4) years permanent residence (instead of current 1 year) immediately prior to their application for citizenship; • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language (equivalent to IELTS 6 in each component) listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being ... Read More
As you may be aware, yesterday, 18th April 2017, in a Facebook-first announcement Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas for foreign workers would be replaced by a new class of visa, Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which will be supposedly better targeted to ensure that foreign workers were only brought in to fill genuine skills shortages. What we know so far The Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas will be abolished and replaced by ... Read More
We often get asked “how long will my visa application take to process?” The DIBP now publish meaningful global visa and citizenship processing times on their website. Please visit To have the best chance that your application is processed within the published processing times, ideally you must lodge a Decision Ready Application – one that meets all legislative criteria and also has all supporting evidence included. Visa applications are ... Read More
The SOL is reviewed annually through a two-step process. The first is identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints and the second step is to assessing the medium to long-term skill needs. You can read more about the review here Flagged Occupations for possible removal in the future due to excess supply in the labour market. There is no guarantee these occupations will be removed. ANZSCO Code Occupation 133513 ... Read More