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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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PIC 4020 - Why application records and information accuracy are important to avoid future visa complications and application refusals

PIC 4020 - Why application records and information accuracy are important to avoid future visa complications and application refusals

Key terms: Public Interest Criterion – 4020 – False or misleading information – Bogus documents – Visa cancellation – Visa refusal

UPDATE:

The Legislative Instrument which introduced the change has been disallowed on 5 December 2017. This means that all future applications will be subject to 12 months' of consideration for PIC4020.

Applications which were lodged between 18 November 2017 to 4 December 2017 will be subject to the 10 years' consideration.

 

Conditions targeting fraudulent or misleading information in visa applications made much tougher – PIC 4020 soon to cover last 10 years

Section 4020 is currently targeting bogus documents or information that is false and misleading provided to the Australian Government in the last 12 months prior to an application.

The changes will extend the time to documents and information provided in the last 10 years.

Here is a description of the changes:

PIC 4020 (1)(b) which relates to bogus documents, has been amended to broaden the powers to refuse a visa on the basis of bogus or fraudulent documents submitted in relation to visa applications:

- In the previous 10 years, rather than the previous 12 months; and

- In relation to previous visa applications, as well as visas previously granted 

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Australia Citizenship News and Update – Now is the time to apply for your Australian Citizenship

Australia Citizenship News and Update – Now is the time to apply for your Australian Citizenship


Key terms: Citizenship – Australia – Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) – High Court citizenship ruling – Dual Citizenship – Australia Citizenship requirements – Australia MPs – Banarby Joyce – Fiona Nash – Malcolm Roberts – Larissa Waters – Scott Ludlam – Nick Xenophon – Matthew Canavan

On 20 April 2017 the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that changes are being introduced to the Australian citizenship requirements. The changes include:

- Increased residency requirements (from one year to four)

- Meeting an English requirement

The changes are meant to be in effect once the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) gets passed in Parliament. Unfortunately applications yet to be decided were also put on hold until the Bill can be passed.

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Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 26 July 2017

Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 26 July 2017
Key terms: SkillSelect – Invitation to Apply – Skilled Independent subclass 189 - Skilled Regional Provisional subclass 489 – Expression of Interest – Points Test

Results for the latest SkillSelect invitation round on 26 July 2017 have been published. Here is a summary of the results:
  • 1000 Skilled Independent visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 70 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 15 July 2017 have been invited
  • 210 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 60 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 25 July 2017 were invited

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New Skilled Occupation Lists explained! There are now different MLTSSL and STSOL for different visa programmes!

New Skilled Occupation Lists explained! There are now different MLTSSL and STSOL for different visa programmes!

Key terms: Medium and Long Term Skilled Shortage List – MLTSSL – Short Term Skilled Occupation List – STSOL – Skilled Occupation Lists – 1 July Changes

Welcome to world of confusing skilled occupation lists. As we all know the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) were replaced by the new Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) and the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) on 19 April 2017. Until 30th June 2017 the change was essentially a change in name (and removal of 216 occupations). As of 1st July 2017 we now have additional changes to the applications of the MLTSSL and the STSOL.


There are now different MLTSSL and STSOL for different visa programmes

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State and Territory Sponsorship now open! Apply now before occupation numbers are met!

State and Territory Sponsorship now open! Apply now before occupation numbers are met!

Key terms: Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – State Sponsorship – State Nomination – Occupation Lists

State sponsorship is a critical component of the Australian visa application for many. Having a state nominated visa application provides:

  • an immediate Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated and subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visas, i.e. not subject to invitation round points requirements
  • access to additional occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) - each Australian State and Territory creates their own list from the STSOL)

Typically there are limited places for each occupation being sponsored by the different States and Territories. The best time to apply is in early July (NOW) as the planning numbers are reset for the new financial year.

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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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End of Financial Year approaches! Online application system shutdowns and more!

End of Financial Year approaches! Online application system shutdowns and more!


Key terms: Migration Policy Changes – Online system outages – 1 July Changes – Western Australia State Migration – State Sponsorship – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Australian citizenship

ImmiAccount System Outage on 30 June 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that the ImmiAccount system will not be available from the following times:

New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Queensland

9pm AEST Friday 30 June until 1pm Saturday 1 July 2017

South Australia, Northern Territory

8.30pm ACST Friday 30 June until 12.30pm Saturday 1 July 2017

Western Australia

7pm AWST Friday 30 June until 11am Saturday 1 July 2017

If you are thinking about submitting an online visa application you will need to do so before the times above.

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