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457 Upcoming changes to the skilled visa programs for March 2018.

Upcoming changes to the skilled visa programs for March 2018. We hope to know more this afternoon so stay conected Including: 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...

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253 Occupations for Short‑term Skilled Occupation List for 457 short stay visa

Short‑term Skilled Occupation List of 253 available for short stay, maximum 2 years , 457 visa positions.  Other requirements are not changed, except ENS transitional won't be available and renewal of that visa won't be available. English and skills levels stays the same. Additional restrictions are applicable, defining environment when the position can be approved. Can be both applicable for employer or employee such as: size of the business, number of employees, gross payroll or turnover, number of yours of work experience etc

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Living in South Australia on a 457?

Temporary residents on a 457 visa in South Australia may have a new route to permanent residency. Recent changes saw immigration announce the impending abolition of the 457 visa which will be replaced in March 2018 by the TSS visa and in conjunction the removal of 218 occupations from the list of suitable sponsored occupations. This happened with very little prior warning, meaning that some applicants had to withdraw lodged applications as their occupation had been removed and that many applicants would no longer be able to transition to permanent residency once their 457 sponsorship commitment was done. The South Australian Government have decided to accept nominations for 190 and 489 General Skilled Migration visas for applicants who are currently...

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Employer Sponsored Visa Changes

The New Budget and What it Means For You! As many of you are aware of, the Department of Immigration have made quite a lot of changes over the past few months including - visa application requirements, application prices, training benchmark requirements and more. Below we have listed some of the changes and some information we are currently aware of.   Changes to Visa Application Fees From July 1st, 2017 Immigration will be slightly increasing their visa fees.  A Visitor Visa will now cost AUD $140, A 457 visa will cost AUD $1,080 for a single applicant, TSS Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage Visa) will cost anywhere between AUD $1,150 to AUD $2,400 depending on the stream being applied for.  For...

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New visa fees as of 1 July 2017

On 1 July 2017, there will be slight increases to the Visa Application Charge for both the primary applicant and additional applicants. Luckily this year price increase is not very significant Student visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) will increase to $560.00; Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) will increase to $1500.00; Training visa (subclass 407) will increase to $480.00 A visitor visa (Subclass 600) will now cost AUD$140. A subclass 457 visa will cost AUD$1080 (single applicant). Permanent residence applications such as subclass 186 will be AUD$3670 (single applicant). TSS Visa will cost anywhere between AUD$1150 to AUD$2400 depending on the stream applied for. Full pricing table can be found here: http://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/budget/visa-price-increase-fact-sheet-2017-18.pdf    

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April changes ; 457, ENS, RSMS affected

Changes in 457 visas are also affecting also ENS and RSMS. Yesterday, The Australian government announced changes to the 457 visa program.  As always, the 457 visa is a hot topic and everybody seems to focus on it, however it also means there will be changes for RSMS and ENS visas soon. As of today, 19 April 2017, there is no longer a CSOL list for the purpose of 457 visas, those can be still granted. For temporary employment stay’s in Australia new lists have been introduced: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) equivalent of CSOL. While CSOL and RSMS lists still apply to new direct entry applications it is not clear what...

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New SOL & CSOL announced for 2017

The SOL (Skilled Occupation List) & CSOL (Consolidated Skilled Occupation List) is an absolutely crucial part of many visa applications and possible migrants intentions. However, it does change - which could be crucial for people intending to apply for visas that rely on these lists. Just a couple of months ago, 6 occupations were removed from the lists, including dental professionals (which is an industry largely populated by migrants & people study for years overseas to get the opportunity to put these skills into practice in Australia). The SOL and CSOL are relevant and used for 457, 402, 489/998, 189 and 190 visa programs - which covers the majority of subclasses that are based on skills/experience/qualification. So to find out...

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457 nominations are subjective

Are small businesses being discriminated against in favour of ‘real’ positions of big cats? The 457 visa programme is forever scrutinised, but now the attention is turning to Immigrations subjective, prejudice handling of applications. The 457 is intended to support Australian business, by employing on a temporary basis, overseas employees when they are unable to find suitably skilled Australians. People on 457 have to be skilled, with a position listed on the CSOL or SOL listed – Consolidated Skilled, or Skilled Occupation list (devised by the government to identify where the shortages are and who Australia needs). Now it seems processing officers are going against that exact policy by using their discretionary power to scrutinise small businesses, claiming the positions...

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457 visa processing in a mess!

457 visa processing in a mess! The 457 visa is a very common, successful visa for people working in Australia on a temporary basis, although it isn’t always as clear cut and successful when it comes to the processing side. New national reports have revealed that there is now a ‘crack down’ on the ‘incomplete’ applications! Published advice from the Department of Immigration says that average processing times of these visas are around 2 months… and yet, now they are adopting a new approach – almost instant responses and refusals for cases that aren’t ‘decision ready’. This means that for sponsorship, nomination and application stage all documents have to be attached to the application right away, then wait 2 months...

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457 visa decision ready or risk refusal

DIBP has warned that sc457 applications including sponsorship, nomination and the visa application must be decision-ready or risk refusal. Responding to Migration Alliance enquiries, a spokesperson for the department of immigration has stated that because the lodgement of incomplete applications has been an ongoing issue for the 457 processing network, the department has ‘adopted the approach of making decisions on incomplete applications at time of initial assessment.’ This means an application could be refused the very next working day, after lodgement.

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