SkillSelect Pass Mark for Skilled Migration increasing on 1 July 2018

The Australian Government has announced that it will be increasing the SkillSelect pass mark on 1 July 2018 for certain general skilled migration visas.

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Subclass 482 (TSS) Visa introduced

The Australian Government has officially abolished the Subclass 457 Visa and replaced it with the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa, Subclass 482. The new visa was introduced on 18 March 2018, and applications for the Subclass 457 Visa are no longer being accepted.

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Changes to 457 Visa Accreditation Status

immigrationIs your organisation eligible for accreditation?

From 1 July 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is changing the requirements for companies seeking accreditation status in the subclass 457 visa program.

Accreditation enables sponsors to access priority processing and streamlined assessment of subclass 457 (temporary work) nomination and visa applications.

To seek accreditation on or after 1 July 2016, sponsors must:

– be a government agency, a publicly-listed company or a private company with at least AUD four million annual turnover for the last three years;

– have been an active 457 sponsor for at least three years (with no more than a six month break in the past 36 months), with no adverse information (based on monitoring, including formal warnings and sanctions);

– have sponsored at least ten primary 457 visa holders in the 24 months prior to the application for
accreditation;

– meet the Department’s decision-ready and non-approval requirements over the previous three years;

– have Australian workers comprising at least 75% of their workforce in Australia;

– meet the Department’s new employment standard and contract requirements;

Next steps
If your organisation is interested in gaining accreditation status, a well-evidenced sponsorship variation application needs to be submitted. Please contact us for advice from our migration agents.

 

Disclaimer: This news alert does not constitute immigration advice or assistance and does not take into account your circumstances. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information in this alert.

 

New 2016-2017 Skilled Occupation List Announced

2016 Skilled Occupation List AnnouncementThe 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.

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Significant Investor Visa and Premium Investor Visa Introduction

updateOn 1 July 2015, the Premium Investor Visa will be introduced into the Business Innovation and Investment Program.  The Premium Investor Visa will fast-track the qualifying period to obtain a permanent residency visa to just 12 months, as compared to 4 years for the Significant Investor Visa.

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