Zhanna HeenanVisa News 30 June, 2017
Age: All applicants under General Skilled Migration must be below the age of 45 at time of invitation.
Occupation Lists: The occupation lists have been updated for people invited on or after 1st July 2017.
Occupation Lists: The occupations lists have been updated with some occupations added back to the approved lists and some have been removed completely from the approved lists.
Skills Assessment: The list of occupations for whom mandatory skills assessments are required has been expanded.
English Language Exemption: The English Language Exemption Threshold (ELSET) which exempted applicants whose salary was over AUD$96,400 from the English Language requirement has been removed for applications lodged on or after 1st July 2017.
Mandatory Police Checks: All applicants will need to obtain penal clearance certificates.
Training Benchmarks: there are more restrictions on the types of training that are accepted for 457 sponsorships. Legislation has set out the kinds of training funds and types of expenditure that can be claimed as part of the training benchmark.
Age: Applicants for the ENS and the RSMS Direct Entry Stream must be younger than 45 years of age for applications lodged on or after 1st July 2017.
Removal of English Language and Skills Exemption: The English Language Exemption and Skills Exemption for both ENS and RSMS visa applicants who have a base salary of at least AUD$180,000 has been removed.
Genuine Need: Under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream employers must now show that there is a genuine need for a paid employee in the position.
English Language Requirement: Applicants will need to have a score of 6 or higher in each component of the IELTS (or equivalent test).
Some Visa Application charges will increase by around 2 per cent. See the price increase here.
The government has raised the upper age of eligibility for the Working Holiday visa from 30 to 35 years.
If you would like further information on how these changes impact your circumstances, please book a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents.
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