The Australian Government has amended the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) with effect from 1 July 2017. The new regulations affect the temporary and permanent skilled migration programs. Some of the changes are retrospective, so they affect applicants who have submitted applications but whose applications have not yet been decided.
The Australian Government has announced major changes to the subclass 457 visa program with immediate effect. The changes will affect all standard business sponsors and visa applicants.
The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) for the 2016-2017 Migration Program Year. The new skilled occupation lists commence on 1 July 2017.
1 August 2015 – The NSW State Government has announced changes to the State Nomination Program for the permanent Subclass 190 Visa.
Effective immediately, there are two streams for NSW State Sponsorship, with a new Priority Skilled Occupation List replacing the existing State Nomination Skills List.
There are up to 4000 places available for NSW Nomination in this financial year.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the 2015-2016 Occupation List effective 1 July 2015.
In addition, the Australian Border Force, has been established to be the compliance arm of the Department.
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Information about the 2016 Skilled Occupation List for Australian Immigration. The occupation list is used to meet skills shortages in the growing Australian economy. Occupation ceilings and caps limit the number of visas that can be granted in any given year.
6 February 2015 – The NSW Government has released the new State Sponsorship Skilled Occupation List effective February 2015.
What’s new in Australian Immigration? Read more in the November 2014 newsletter including the launch of #ExploreAustralia.
Accountants currently in Australia on temporary visas will be glad to know that the occupation of Accountants has not been removed from the Skilled Occupation List, despite incorrect news reports circulating today.
The NSW Government has just announced that the next intake for State Sponsorship for the Subclass 190 Visa will be on 22 October 2014 at 10am. An updated occupation list has also been published which excludes Accountants and certain ICT occupations.