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Australia Migration Skilled Occupation List Changes 17 January 2018

Australia Migration Skilled Occupation List Changes 17 January 2018


Key terms: Migration Policy Changes – 17 January 2018 Changes – Subclass 189 Skilled Independent – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – MLTSSL – STSOL – Occupation Lists – Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme -

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released updates to the following skilled occupation lists:

- Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for Skilled Independent and Skilled Nominated visas (subclass 189, 190, 489)

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00046

- Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457)

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00044

- Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00045

- Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) for Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00046

- Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for Training visa (subclass 407)

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00047

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Key news and trends for Australian immigration in 2017 and what to expect for 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

457, RSMS and ENS visa News | Partner Visa News | Australia Immigration Department NewsState Sponsorship NewsCitizenship | English Requirements News

 

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Welcome to 2018! The year of 2017 had the most changes and announcements on Immigration Policy that I can remember. Here is our recap of the significant changes to the migration programme for Australia in 2017 and some of the discussions and ongoing developments for 2018.

The Immigration News in 2017 has been dominated by the announcements in April 2017 regarding the 457 and skilled occupation list changes and the proposed changes to Australian Citizenship application requirements.

The planning levels for permanent visas continue to be significant, at 190,000 permanent visas to be granted. The planning levels control the numbers of Australian permanent visas that are granted each year. If application numbers exceed planning levels, expect a longer processing time for your visa application.

I am going to make comments below about news in relation to a wide range of visas including business, skilled, visitor and family visas.

 

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Possible Changes to the Skilled and 457 occupation lists from 1 January 2018 including removal of Hair or Beauty Salon Manager and Recruitment Consultant but adding University Tutor, Psychotherapist and some Real Estate occupations

Possible Changes to the Skilled and 457 occupation lists from 1 January 2018 including removal of Hair or Beauty Salon Manager and Recruitment Consultant but adding University Tutor, Psychotherapist and some Real Estate occupations
The Australian Government on 17 November released the following proposed changes for comment:

“The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These occupation lists are used for skilled migration to meet short and medium/long term needs for the Australian economy.

This page provides the list of occupations in the traffic light bulletin that are under consideration for a proposed change in their status on the STSOL and MLTSSL.”
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The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa will begin March 2018! What does it mean for 457 Visa holders?

The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa will begin March 2018! What does it mean for 457 Visa holders?
Key terms: Temporary Skills Shortage – TSS – Abolition of 457 visa – Employer Sponsored Visas – Employer Nomination Scheme – ENS – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – RSMS – Temporary Transition – TRT – Direct Entry – 457 visa changes

On 19 April 2017 the Australian Government announced the abolition of the 457 visa programme which will take place in March 2018. A new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa programme will replace the existing 457 visa programme.

Since the announcement was made, we at Work Visa Lawyers have received many questions from:

- 457 visa applicants about any new requirements

- 457 visa holders asking about visa validity and changing employers

- 457 visa holders intending to apply for a permanent visa through the subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa

- Employers who are or intend to be Standard Business Sponsors (SBS) for 457 visas, about how the new TSS visa will impact their operations relying on overseas workers

To assist as many as possible about understanding the coming changes, please read the information below. Please note that the information provided is generic and may not be relevant to your specific situation. Please seek a detailed consultation with a Registered Migration Agent to understand your migration options and determine the best way forward for you and your family.
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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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