End of Australian Migration Program year on 30 June 2014 may effect visa criteria and eligibility
The migration program year runs with the financial year, from 1 July 2013 to the 30 June 2014.
When the new Australian migration program year starts from the 1 July 2014, the some of following things may happen:
- Visa charges for visa applications can be raised by DIBP.
-The TSMIT which applies to 457 visa holders may be raised from the current level of $53,900.00
- Changes to visa criteria can be implemented. This could be beneficial making creating opportunities for some, but call also make some people ineligible for visas they previously could apply for.
Opportunities from the new Program year starting 1 July 2014
The state and territory sponsored lists for subclasses 190 and 489 for various states often have occupations that reach their allocation limits prior to the end of the migration program year.
With the start of a new migration program year, their may be greater nomination possibilities for occupations that are currently quite restricted such as: Enrolled Nurses and ICT professionals.
At the Federal level, New occupational ceilings will be release for 189, 190 and 489 visas by DIBP for occupations including:
- Chemical and Materials Engineers
- Electronics Engineers
- Other Engineering Professionals
- ICT Business and Systems Analysts
- Software and Applications Programmers
- Telecommunications Engineering Professionals.
So what should I do?
If you currently qualify for an Australian visa, you may want to consider applying for the visa prior to the 1 July 2014. This way you may avoid fee rises and also may get in before any changes which could may you ineligible or add extra expense.
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