Upcoming changes to the skilled visa programs for March 2018. We hope to know more this afternoon so stay conected
Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) (referred to by the Department as the ‘TSS visa’)and
related changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa programs
The Department of Home Affairs is in the final stages of preparing for implementation of these changes in March 2018, with the exact implementation date impacted by legislative and systems release processes and timeframes.
Update for skilled occupations lists
- additional skilled occupations will be made available to employers in regional areas for certain visa programs
- new regional occupations, some existing occupations may be moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
- there will also be changes to caveats, as well as to the specific lists that apply to particular visa programs
- these changes will not impact pipeline applications
- there will be no new skilled occupation list instrument released for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program at this time, as new applications will be closed from the date of repea
Pipline SBS, nomination and application 457 will will be processed under ‘old rules’ and if satisfied, a subclass 457 visa will be granted.
For those on 457 now.
|I have||I can|
|an existing SBS sponsorship||
|an approved subclass 457 nomination that has not ceased||
|a subclass 457 visa in effect||
Note: time on my subclass 457 visa will not ‘count’ in terms of the onshore renewal rules for the TSS visa.