Among the changes and expirations occurring on 31 December 2012 are deadlines for any applications for the subclass 885 and 887 Skilled Permanent Visas. These are onshore permanent skilled visas that are available as either an independent visa or a state sponsored visas, and are generally used by students, former students, or holders of graduate skilled visas who have accumulated sufficient points to pass the skilled visa points test.

For more information on these visas, contact Northam & Associates at, or email or phone 1800-VISA-88 (outside Australia +61 2 8188 6799