The Australian Government has announced that it will be increasing the SkillSelect pass mark on 1 July 2018 for certain general skilled migration visas.
Visa Application Prices for Australian Visas will be increasing from 1 July 2018 following the release of the Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulation 2018.
The government has reversed the amendments to the Assurance of Support criteria following public backlash in April this year.
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.
The Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 has been read for the first time in the House of Representatives. The Bill introduces for the first time a “Training Contribution Charge”.
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 has implemented changes for most employer sponsored temporary work visas apart from the subclass 457 visa.
Effective 19 November 2016, Condition 8107 will be amended in the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth).
The Australian Government has announced plans to introduce a new 5 year Temporary Parent Visa in 2017. With the release of the Discussion Paper, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently considering the regulatory criteria that would apply to the new visa.