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New skilled occupation lists for the new financial year!

New skilled occupation lists for the new financial year!


Key terms: Migration Policy Changes – 1 July Changes – Subclass 189 Skilled Independent – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – MLTSSL – STSOL – Occupation Lists - Subclass 186 Employer Nominated Scheme - Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) - Occupation caveats

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released updates to the following skilled occupation lists:

- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

- Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

- Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream Occupation List

- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) Occupation List

- Training visa (subclass 407) Occupation List for Nomination eligibility type 2

In summary 12 occupations were removed from the occupation lists, namely:

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Australia migration and visa changes for 1 July 2017!

Australia migration and visa changes for 1 July 2017!

Key terms: Migration Policy Changes – 1 July Changes – Subclass 189 Skilled Independent – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – Age requirements – English exemptions – MLTSSL – STSOL – Occupation Lists -


There are plenty of changes happening to the Australia migration programme on 1 July 2017. Here is a summary of the major changes affecting the most common visa subclasses.

Age requirements lowered for a number of visas!

The age limits of the following visas have been reduced to below 45 years of age:

At the time of application

- Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry stream

- Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry stream

At the time of invitation to apply

- Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated

- Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored

- Subclass 189 Skilled Independent

Previously it was announced that the lower age requirement was only applicable to the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa application. The age limit does not apply to applicants for the NZ stream for the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa.

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The new 2017 Australian Budget and how it affects the Australia immigration programme and visas

The new 2017 Australian Budget and how it affects the Australia immigration programme and visas
Key terms: Australia Budget 2017-2018 – Migration Policy Changes – Visa Application Fees – Employer Sponsored Visas – Training Benchmarks – Skilling Australians Fund – Levy for foreign workers – Temporary Parent visas

Key takes:

> Australian employer sponsored visas to become more expensive.

> New temporary parent visas may be attractive.

> Visa processing times might increase with staffing cuts.
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BREAKING: Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces decision to abolish 457 visas!

BREAKING: Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces decision to abolish 457 visas!

*This is a developing story. More details to follow.*

The Prime Minister of Australia has announced the removal of the 457 visa programme. It is expected to be replaced by two new temporary work visas.

When is the 457 visa programme going to be removed?

The plan for complete removal is by March 2018. The definite date has not been announced.

I am currently on a 457 visa! What will happen to my status?

At this time we understand that all existing 457 visa holders wil maintain their visa status. No further 457 visas will be issued.

I have an ongoing 457 visa application! What will happen to it now?

At this time there has not been any information with regards to applications being processed. We will provide details on this matter as soon as it is available.

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Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection announces new Australian Visa Processing Times! Visa applications expected to take longer!

Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection announces new Australian Visa Processing Times! Visa applications expected to take longer!
Key terms: Visa processing times – citizenship processing times –

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced a new update to the visa processing times for all visa applications. The new schedule of processing times – “Global visa and citizenship processing times”, will be updated monthly and do not include:

·         visa subclasses closed to new entrants

·         visa subclasses capped and queued

The new visa schedule does not differentiate applications from low-risk or high-risk countries, but instead publishes two different processing times for 75% and 90% of ongoing applications. Here are some of the current processing times listed:
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