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Australian Visa and Immigration News

Date: 5 May 2017

NEW TEMPORARY PARENT VISAS

Assistant Immigration Minister of Australia Alex Hawke told SBS News yesterday about two new type of temporary parent visas

The two new temporary parent visas include
1) $5000 for 3-year visa and
2) $10,000 for 5-year visa

Under the new scheme, applicants could seek a three-year visa for $5,000 or a five-year visa for $10,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price, therefore $20,000 for a 10-year temporary parent visa.

Other details
-15,000 quota per year
-Not allow to work
-Require private health insurance
-Children sponsor must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens
-Not allow to reapply beyond the 10 years and
-Would not have pathway to permanent residency
The new scheme temporary parent visas would help the government limit rising healthcare costs. Mr Hawke also said this new scheme can allow grandparents come to Australia to care for their grandchildren while the parents work.

 

Date: 22 April 2017

DETAILS OF ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DIBP ON 18 APRIL 2017 ABOUT 457, 186 and 187 CHANGES

457 Visa

*Any 457 sponsorship, nomination or visa applications that are NOT listed STSOL or MLTSSL occupation lists and NOT decided by 18th April 2017 will no longer be able to be approved. Refund of DIBP application fees may be available.

*Any new 457 applications lodged from 19 April 2017 onwards will have to have their occupation on the STSOL or MLTSSL occupation lists.

*If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the STSOL list, it can only be granted for 2 years. There will be one (only) further extension allowed after that for another 2 years. You will not be allowed to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa under that occupation if it is on the STSOL.

*If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the MLTSSL list, it can be granted for 4 years. You will be able to be apply for a permanent 186/187 visa after 3 years on a 457 visa if that company decides to nominate you.

*From March 2018 the new TSS visa will have replaced the 457 visa. You will need to have 2 years work experience before applying and your occupation will have to be on the STSOL or MLTSSL lists. If you are on the STSOL list you will also have to show you only want to stay in Australia temporarily.

*From March 2018 you need to have your occupation on the MLTSSLoccupation list to apply for company/employer sponsored permanent residence. You will also need to commit to working for the company for 3 years, have an IELTS of 6+ and be under 45 years of age.

Timeline of future 457 changes are:

from 19 April 2017 – 216 occupations removed and 59 others restricted, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia, Occupational lists renamed, validity period for occupations on STSOL 2 years.

from 01 July 2017 – English salary exemption $96,400 to be removed, training benchmarks to be changed, mandatory penal clearance certificates.

before 31 December 2017 – collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching, publication of sanctioned sponsors.

from March 2018 – 457 visa abolished and replaced with TSS visa which will comprise the Short-Term(2 years) and Medium-Term stream(4 years).

Timeline of future 186/187 changes are:

from 19 April 2017 – CSOL condensed, 216 occupations removed, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia, Occupational lists renamed as STSOL and MLTSSL.

from 01 July 2017 – review of STSOL and MLTSSL, IELTS 6 required in each component, changes in age (DE stream 45 years old, no change to TRT).

before 31 December 2017 – collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching, publication of sanctioned sponsors.

from March 2018 – the MLTSSL will apply to ENS/RSMS with additional regional occupations, Market salary rate will apply and meet TSMIT, eligibility period for PR extended from 2 to 3 years, at least 3 years’ work experience required, under 45 years of age, contribution towards training fund.

Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.

Source: Migration Institute of Australia(MIA)

 

Date: 20 April 2017

WHAT ARE THE NEW CHANGES ANNOUNCED FROM DIBP ON 18 APRIL MEAN TO SKILL MIGRATION?

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa
You can only nominate an occupation that is on the MLTSSL occupation list. If you find your nominated occupation no longer on the MLTSSL occupation list, you cannot apply for this visa anymore.

Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa
You can nominate an occupation that is on the lists of MLTSSL, STSOL or State Occupation. However, some occupations imposed with a restriction limits the applicant apply for Subclass 190, such as Project Builder, Chemical Engineer, Production Manager etc. 40 occupations have imposed with this limitation. Besides these, State governments have announced they will amend their skill nomination list to echo the changes, further announcement will be coming soon.

Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa
Family sponsored stream
You can only nominate an occupation that is on the list of MLTSSL. If you find your nominated occupation no longer on the MLTSSL occupation list, you cannot apply for this visa anymore.

State nominated stream
You can nominate an occupation that is on the list of MLTSSL or STSOL or on the list of State Occupation. However, some occupations imposed with a restriction limits the applicant to apply for Subclass 489(State nominated stream), such as Project Builder, Chemical Engineer, etc. 16 occupations have imposed with this limitation.
Besides these, State governments have announced they will amend their skill nomination list to respond the changes, further announcement will be coming.

What will happen if you have lodged EOI for an occupation which has been removed from the new occupation lists. Likely, you will no longer receive the invitation to apply.

Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa
Graduate Work stream
You can only nominate an occupation that is on the list of MLTSSL. If you find your nominated occupation no longer on the MLTSSL occupation list, you cannot apply for this visa anymore.

Besides, due to the new changes require the applicant for SC457 and SC186 to have at least 2 year and 3 year full-time work experience respectively. Most student graduates will not be eligible for these two visas that mean they will not be able to gain Australian work experience to top up their points for general skill visa.

 

Date: 18 April 2017

SCRAPPING THE SC457 IS ONLY AN ENTREE, 200 OCCUPATIONS REMOVED FROM SKILLED MIGRATION LIST AFFECTING SC190 SKILLED NOMINATED VISA AND 489 SKILLED REGIONAL(PROVISIONAL)VISA

Overwhelming news about the abolishment of SC457 are spreading in the internet and forums today. People who are not intended to apply for SC457 thought they are safe. In the late afternoon of today, the DIBP put out more information about the changes revealing that not only affect the SC457 applicants but also affect SC190, SC489, SC186, 407 and the remaining period for SC457 visa applications because the SOL and CSOL will be replaced by the new occupation list namely Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List(STSOL) respectively effective on 19 April 2017 and the Department says that the list will be renewed in every 6 months.

For example: 233111 Chemical Engineer will only be available to SC189, 485 and 489 applications, SC190 will not be available.

 

SUBCLASS 457 TEMPORARY WORK (SKILLED) VISA WILL BE ABOLISHED

The Federal Government will abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

Current 457 visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years “targeted at higher skills”.

Mr Turnbull said the new system would be “manifestly, rigorously, resolutely conducted in the national interest” and he commented about the existing 457 visa program is open-ended resulting the holders can stay in Australia eventually therefore the Federal Government will propose the new temporary skills visas that will be a short-term visas to target temporary shortage of skill, there will be a two-year visa, with the options of two years, but there won’t be permanent residency outcomes at the end of that.

 

Date: 12 April 2017

QUEENSLAND TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS QUEENSLAND SKILLED VISA NOMINATION FOR SUBCLASS 190 & 489 DUE TO HAVING REACHED CEILING NUMBERS

An announcement from Queensland on 10 April that they have temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme subclass 190 and 489, due to having reached the DIBP allocated ceiling.  This is the third States announced the suspension of skilled nomination in this year followed ACT and Western Australia. It means the applications to skilled nominated visa will become even harder.

How does the suspension affect current applicants?

If you currently have a paid application with Queensland that has not been finalised, you can either choose to stay in the queue to be processed once applications have been reopened or request a refund and your application will be withdrawn.

If you haves submitted an EOI that has not been considered, your EOI is no longer valid and you will be required to resubmit an EOI once the application process has been reopened.

 

Date: 10 April 2017

PROCESSING TIME FOR ONSHORE PARTNER SC820/801 VISA SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE TO 16-23 MONTHS.  PROCESSING PRIORITY GIVES TO LOW-RISK APPLICANTS

A letter from the Director of Onshore Partner Migration, DIBP states that due to the reasons of high application rates, growing pipelines onshore and significant fraudulent activity as well as resourcing restrictions of the Department, average processing times for most Temporary Partner and Permanent applications are currently between 16-23 months from date of lodgement of SC820 and from date of eligibility SC801/100.

The Department revealed that they will give priority to low-risk applicants and those regarded by DIBP as fully front-end loaded with documentation that immediately satisfies Partner criteria. As a result, the usual chronological method of assessing applicants by month of lodgement will not be upheld now and this will result some of applicants receive decisions ahead of others who lodged many months prior.

Source:https://www.mia.org.au/documents/item/1097

 

Date: 5 April 2017

SOUTH AUSTRALIA HAVE ANNOUNCED INCREASE THE REQUIREMENT FOR HIGH POINTS FOR SKILLED NOMINATION.

From 19 April 2017, the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points.

This changes is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time but applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

Besides the above change, the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:

  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 223111 Human Resource Adviser (not available for high points since 02/09/2016)
  • 225113  Marketing Specialist
  • 225412  Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
  • 242111 University Lecturer
  • 242112 University Tutor
  • 251511  Hospital Pharmacist
  • 251513  Retail Pharmacist

 

Date: 28 March 2017

WESTERN AUSTRALIA ONLY ACCEPTS APPLICATION FOR SKILLED NOMINATION WITH INTERIM WASMOL

Followed the announcement of suspension of State Nominated Migration Program from WA, the State announces they are now accepting applications for those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

​Pro​fessionals
​251214 Sonographer​​
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
​​253316 ​Gastroenterologist
253318 Neurologist
253322 Renal medicine specialist
253323 ​Rheumatologist​
​​253411 Psychiatrist
​253511 Surgeon (general)
253512 Cardiothoracic surgeon
253513 Neurosurgeon
253514 Orthopaedic surgeon
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist
253518 Urologist
253521 Vascular surgeon
253911 Dermatologist​
​253913​ Obstetrician and gynaecologist
​253914 Ophthalmologist
253915 ​Pathologist
253917 Diagnostic and interventional radiologist
2539​18 Radiation oncologist

 

Date: 22 March 2017

WESTERN AUSTRALIA SUSPENDS SKILLED NOMINATION​​

Due to a substantial review is taking place in State Nominated Migration Program and Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List(WASMOL) in Western Australia State Government, a temporary suspension of new application and invitation to skilled migration is on until further notices.

http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-wa/occupations-in-demand

 

Date: 21 February 2017

VISA AND CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING TIME AVAILABLE ONLINE​​

Global visa and citizenship processing times will be available online for the first time from 13 March 2017.

As part of the DIBP’s ongoing efforts to improve applicants information, the publishing of current visa and citizenship processing times will give applicants more meaningful data about the visa or citizenship product of their choice.

The latest processing times will replace the previously published service standards to give applicant a better idea of how long it is taking to process a particular visa subclass, stream, or citizenship application.

Processing times will be updated monthly to reflect current caseloads and processing pressures, and will be available for most visa subclasses and citizenship application types. The Department does not publish processing times for some subclasses, as they are closed to new entrants, or capped and queued.

To ensure that the application falls within the published processing times, applicant must lodge a complete application. The application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances. (Information extracts from the News of DIBP’s website)

For details, please click on this link to access the News of Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

https://www.border.gov.au/News/Pages/global-visa-and-citizenship-processing-times.aspx

 

Date: 20 January 2017

AN ADDITIONAL PATHWAY TO AUSTRALIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR NEW ZEALANDER HOLDING SPECIAL CATEGORY VISA (SCV) HOLDERS

​​In acknowledgment of the special bilateral relationship, the Australian Government will provide an additional pathway to permanent residence, and therefore citizenship, for New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holders who arrived after 26 February 2001, who have lived in Australia for the last five years and shown a commitment and contribution to Australia.

This additional visa pathway will be available from 1 JULY 2017, for New Zealand citizens who arrived post 26 February 2001, but on or before, the date of the announcement, 19 February 2016.

How this Pathway will Work
The pathway will be made available within the Skilled Independent category of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) stream of Australia’s annual Migration Programme.

This pathway will allow SCV holders who have been living in Australia for the past five years, and have earned income at or above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)(It is curr​​ently set at AUD53,900) as evidenced by their Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment throughout their qualifying residence period, to apply for permanent residency and thereafter citizenship.​

Exemptions to the Income Test
Limited exemptions to the income test requirement will be considered for particularly vulnerable New Zealand citizens.

Estimated Number of Eligible Applications
Approximately 60,000 – 70,000 of the 140,000 post 2001 SCV holders who have been in Australia for at least five years are expected to be eligible.​

Source: Excerpted from http://www.border.gov.au/ – Department of Immigration and Border Protection

 

Date: 04 January 2017

FURTHER STRENGTHEN LIMITATION TO INCLUDE ADULT FAMILY MEMBER IN VISA APPLICATION

Did you know the new amendments to Migration Regulations limit the adult dependent at 23 to be included in a visa application since 19 November 2016?

Before the changed, the primary visa applicant may in their application, include their children or relative who are over 18, not married, live in the same household and wholly or substantially reliant on the primary applicant for financial support. In short, any ages over 18, even 50 years old can be included.

The change now set the age limit up to 22 years old to any children of the primary applicant to be included in visa application. Therefore, any children is at 23 or above, even has not married and substantially reliant on the primary applicant for financial support CANNOT be included in visa application, unless the children are wholly or substantially reliant for financial support because incapacitated for work due to mental or physical disability.

Hence, other relatives NO LONGER can be included in the visa application like before even financially reliant on the primary applicant except the children of the dependent children who also satisfy the age limit requirement can be included.

These new amendments limit people who want to migrate to Australia base on the qualification of their relatives are no longer available. Families who want to migrate to Australia, before lodging their visa application, should consider that their adult dependents may not be able to migrate to Australia with them.

*This change does not apply to refugee, humanitarian and protection visa application.

 

Date: 9 November 2016

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ICT OCCUPATIONS FOR SKILLED APPLICANTS – VICTORIA

Due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will not be accepted from 11 November 2016 to 6 March 2017

The closure will be for a period of four months, however further updates will be provided should this be extended.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

135112   ICT Project Manager
261111   ICT Business Analyst
261112   Systems Analyst
261311   Analyst Programmer
261312   Developer Programmer
261313   Software Engineer
261314   Software Tester
261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
262111   Database Administrator
262112   ICT Security Specialist
263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

This temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.   

All applications currently in process, and received prior to this date, will be assessed against current guidelines and an outcome will be provided in due course. 

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

Note: Applicants applying under the streamlined PhD and 457 are not affected by this closure and may apply with these ICT occupations during this time.

 

Date: 20 September 2016

ACT – SUBCLASS 190 NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR OVERSEAS APPLICANTS

You may not be fast enough to lodge the application of subclass 190 with the ACT who just announced the new ACT occupation list early of this month, the ACT Government has now advised that the Skilled Nomination Subclass 190 program has been closed to overseas applicants until 2017. The closure is effective immediately. Applicants living overseas cannot commence an application for ACT nomination until the program reopens next year.

Applications that have been lodged and paid for will continue to be processed. The application must be complete with all supporting documents attached. Additional documentation will not be accepted after lodgement.

This closure does not affect Canberra based applicants who are still able to lodge applications if they meet the current required criteria.

 

Date: 13 September 2016

AUTOMATIC ACT NOMINATION FOR PHD GRADUATES

The ACT announced on 8th September that an automatic ACT Nomination will be provided to the PHD GRADUATES starting from 1 NOVEMBER 2016.

The ACT will offer streamlined, automatic nomination of a Skilled Migration Visa to international students who complete/d a PhD at an ACT university within the last two years.

It is expected that the following nomination processes will be implemented:

• Simplified online application for ACT nomination (with minimal supporting documentation) capturing personal contact and PhD course details;
• No requirement to meet the standard nomination criteria e.g. employability and commitment;
• Fee free application (the $300 service fee will be waived); and
• Priority processing (within one week) of the application for ACT nomination

Once ACT nomination is confirmed on SkillSelect, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will simultaneously issue the visa invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190).

 

Date: 08 September 2016

EXTRA POINTS AWARD TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED DOCTORAL OR MASTERS BY RESARCH IN AUSTRALIA.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection just announced a new amendment to the “points test” system for the purpose of General Skilled Migration(GSM). Applicants of GSM who can claim extra 5 points on top of their points getting from education, if they meet the below requirements.

1) have completed at least two full academic years of post-graduate studies at doctoral or masters (research) level, and
2) in specified fields, which may include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or information and communication technology.

Specified Field of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new measure include the following at the moment

-Biological Sciences
-Chemical Sciences
-Earth Sciences
-Mathematical Sciences
-Natural and Physical Sciences
-Other Natural and Physical Sciences
-Physics and Astronomy
-Computer Science
-Information Systems
-Information Technology
-Other Information Technology
-Aerospace Engineering and Technology
-Civil Engineering
-Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
-Engineering and Related Technologies
-Geomatic Engineering
-Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
-Maritime Engineering and Technology
-Mechancical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
-Other Engineering and Related Technologies
-Process and Resources Engineering.

Effective date: 10 September 2016

Note: The course must be under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

 

GRANTING OF PARENT AND OTHER FAMILY VISAS IN 2016/2017 FINANCIAL YEAR

The maximum number of visa that may be granted in the 2016/2017 financial year for the following visa classes:

– Non contributory Parent (Migrant) and Aged Parent (Residence)- visas at 1550; and
– Other Family (Migrant) and Other Family (Residence) visas at 520

These figures include grants to New Zealand citizens that are not otherwise included in the Migration Programme.

 

Date: 05 September 2016

THE NEW ACT OCCUPATION LIST

The ACT Government has released a new ACT Occupation List effective on 1 September 2016.

A summary of the list provides the following information:

-The skills need has eased for restaurant managers, management consultants, solicitors and financial advisers. These occupations are now closed.

-The demand for skills within corporate management, HR and the creative / design sector is increasing. Occupations within these sectors have now opened.

-The ‘open’ status of the following occupations remains unchanged indicating a continual high demand for civil engineers, general practitioners, retail pharmacists, early childhood teachers, architects, medical imaging professionals, registered nurses, counsellors, mechanics, psychologists and real estate professionals.

The completed Occupation List Link Here

 

Date: 18 July 2016

NEW QUEENSLAND BUSINESS CRITERIA FOR THE BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT PROGRAM AND A NEW QUEENSLAND SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST HAS BEEN APPROVED

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is pleased to announce that new Queensland Business Criteria for the Business, Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and a new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) has been approved by the Queensland Government. These changes will come into effect from Monday 25 July 2016.

The headline changes include:

Subclass 132 Business Talent (Significant Business History Stream)

Net Business and Personal Assets of AUD$1.5 million to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years after visa is granted including:

– minimum AUD$1million investment in a business

– minimum AUD$500,000 settlement costs

– must reside in Queensland

Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment

A. Innovation Stream: Net Business and Personal Assets of AUD$800,000 to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years after visa is granted including:

– minimum AUD$200,000 investment in a business

– must reside in Queensland

B. Investor Stream:

– Existing criteria remains the same

– must reside in Queensland

C. Significant Investor Stream (SIV):

– current Austrade Complying Investment Framework

– commitment to Queensland

Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

The new QSOL will be released and come into effect as of Monday 25 July 2016 and made available on the BSMQ website.

BSMQ will suspend processing Expressions of Interest (EOI) Thursday 14 July until Friday 22 July 2016 in order to update the relevant fact sheets and application forms, and the new QSOL. From Monday 25 July 2016, BSMQ will commence processing EOI’s under the newly approved business criteria & QSOL list.

Please note that applicants can still lodge an EOI in the suspended period, however it will not be reviewed until processing has recommenced.

 

Date: 2 July 2016

ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA – CHINA SIGNS TO WASHINGTON ACCORD

Engineers Australia have announced that China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2nd June 2016.

Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

Whilst CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited courses is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.

Accredited Qualifications List Link Here

 

Date: 30 June 2016

AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY ACCREDITATION COUNCIL -ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST CHANGES

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council(ANMAC) has announced changes to English language requirements for skills assessments from 1 July 2016.

The changes will accept an increased testing providers and allow the results from more than one test to be used within specific guidelines.

The following tests and attempts will be accepted from 1 July 2016:

IELTS (Academic module)
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

OET
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant:

a) is tested in all four components in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below C

PTE ACADEMIC Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 65 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any of the four communicative skills is below 58

TOEFL iBT Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 AND the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing & 23 speaking

ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting, OR a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum total score of 94 in each sitting AND
b) no score in any of the sections is below:
– 20 listening
– 19 reading
– 24 writing
– 20 speaking

ANMAC will not be offering waivers/text exemptions for ELP. Internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking a waiver/test exemption are able to apply for a modified skills assessment after having their ELP assessed by AHPRA/NMBA for registration. Modified skills assessments do not require the submission of English language test results.

 

Date: 24 June 2016

A NEW SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST AND 2016-2017 OCCUPATION CEILING

On 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. If you intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, you need to make sure your occupation is listed on the new SOL. If you have lodged a valid application before 1 July 2016, your application will not be affected by these changes.

Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:
-Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
-Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations being removed from the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:
-Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
-Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
-Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
-Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
-Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
-Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
-Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
-Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
-Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).

The review of the SOL has not impacted the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). Occupations currently listed on the CSOL will continue to be listed from 1 July 2016.
Besides, the occupation ceiling levels for the 2016-17 programme on the SOL has also released. The significant changes in the below occupations.

Occupation 2015-2016 2016-2017 change
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics[3421] 1038 1701 64% increased
Solicitors[2713] 3252 5154 58% increased
Engineering Managers[1332] 1014 1407 39% increased
Computer Network Professionals[2631] 1986 1426 28% decreased
Civil Engineering Professionals[2332] 2970 2174 27% decreased
Accountants[2211] 2525 2500 slightly decrease

 

Date: 16 May 2016

ISRAEL HAS BEEN ADDED IN THE ELIGIBLE COUNTRY FOR 462 WORK AND HOLIDAY AND SINGAPORE WILL BE ADDED SOON

Now, people between 18 to 30 from Israel can apply for work and holiday 462, other requirements include
*have secondary school qualifications; and
*have completed military service or are legally exempt from military service.

A holder of a state of Israel passport does not need to provide evidence of government support for grant of this visa; and

for making a valid application, the application should send to Australian Embassy in Israel.

For Singapore, it will be added to the list of Work and Holiday Subclass 462 visa eligible countries soon.

The Minister of Australian Immigration and Border Protection also announced that the option of a long validity, multiple-entry visitor visa for Singaporean nationals to visit Australia will also be introduced.

 

Date: 12 May 2016

THE NEW SIMPLIFIED STUDENT VISA FRAMEWORK WILL START FROM 1 JULY 2016

From 1 July 2016, the new Student visa framework will commence and there will be only two Student visa subclasses namely Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 (Student Guardian).

The new implementation will remove and supersede the current Student visa subclasses 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576 and 580.
The intention of changes are in accordance to the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report on 16 June 2015 and announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector. Key changes under the SSVF are:
• A reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
• The introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.

The single immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of financial capacity and English language proficiency that a student is required to provide with their visa application.

[Further details please refer to “Study in Australia” under VISA in this website]

 

Date: 21 April 2016

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) NEW SKILLED NOMINATION OCCUPATION LIST WELCOME MORE MIGRANTS

A recent updated on NT state nomination occupation list with 63 new occupations have been added ahead of the launch the $5 billion infrastructure projects’ loan scheme set for launch in July this year.

As the Federal Government gets ready to launch the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which will administer its $5 billion loan scheme to stimulate northern development, the NT state government has opened up its skills list taking the number of occupations that the state government will sponsor for permanent (sc190) and temporary (sc489) visas to over 170 occupations.

For the below visa holders who have already residing in Northern Territory can apply for NT state nomination if

For Working Holiday (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders

-held their visa for no less than six (6) months, and
-lived and worked full time in the NT in the nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for a period of three (3) months immediately prior to applying for NT sponsorship and been paid at the market rate for that occupation in the NT, and
-can show ongoing employment prospects, and
-demonstrate a genuine intention to live and work in the NT for no less than two (2) years after their visa is granted.

Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa holders

-Must be living and working for a Subclass 457 sponsoring business in the NT for at least six (6) months prior to applying for nomination. Exceptional consideration may apply.
-Must have a letter of support from the current Subclass 457 sponsoring business stating that they support their employee’s visa application and they understand that the nominee will not be tied to the business once the Subclass 489 / Subclass 190 visa is granted.

Training and Research (Subclass 402) visa

-Must be living in the Northern Territory and working in your nominated skilled occupation for a minimum of three (3) months immediately prior to applying for nomination.
-Must have a letter of support from the current Subclass 402 sponsoring business stating that they support their employee’s visa application and they understand that the nominee will not be tied to the business once the Subclass 489 / Subclass 190 visa is granted.

Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa holders and Graudates from the campus of Charles Darwin University in NT can also apply for NT State nomination with concessional requirements.

 

Date: 19 March 2016

ACT SKILLED NOMINATION PROGRAM CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
SKILLED NOMINATED (SUBCLASS 190) VISA – CLOSURE OF ACT NOMINATION PROGRAM TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS FOR 2015/16

The Australian Capital Territory announced that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2015/16 financial year.

Effective 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas you are not able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in July 2016.

Applications for ACT nomination already submitted before 4:00pm 18 March 2016 will be processed in queue order.

CANBERRA RESIDENTS

This action does not affect Canberra-based applicants. If you are living in Canberra and working in a skilled occupation, the program is open. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination of the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if you meet the current nomination criteria for Canberra residents.

 

Date: 12 March 2016

Trial of Priority Processing of Visitor visa for Chinese citizens on 15 March 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is trialling the priority service for eligible Chinese nationals for visitor visa subclass 600 in the Tourist or Business streams to request priority consideration of their visa application and is amimed at making Australia a more attractive visitor destination.

The priority service is available for an additional fee of AUD $1,000 in addition to the usual VAC.

This trail will be launched on 15 March 2016. Details will be updated soon.

 

Date: 2 March 2016

Hungary citizen will be allowed to apply for Work and Holiday Visa.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has announced on 24 February 2016 that a reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement has been signed between Hungary and Australia.

The agreement will allow 18 to 30 years old from both countries to experience each other’s culture.

The Work and Holiday visa requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and speak functional English.

It will be some months before the administrative requirements for the visa are finalised and it becomes available for applications.

The arrangement will be capped at 200 places each year.

Currently, the eligible passport holders for applying visa 462 Work and Holiday include:
-Argentina
-Bangladesh
-Chile
-China, People’s Republic of
-Indonesia
-Malaysia
-Poland
-Portugal
-Slovak Republic
-Slovenia
-Spain
-Thailand
-Turkey
-USA
-Uruguay

* New application for visa 462 Work and Holiday re-opens for Chinese citizen on 7 March 2016 for 2,460 places.

Passport holders of the following countries can apply for 417 Working Holiday
-Belgium
-Canada
-Republic of Cyprus
-Denmark
-Estonia
-Finland
-France
-Germany
-Hong Kong
-Republic of Ireland
-Italy
-Japan
-Republic of Korea
-Malta
-Netherlands
-Norway
-Sweden
-Taiwan
-United Kingdom

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