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Latest changes for this visa subclass:

1 July 2017 Changes

  • Eligible occupations updated – see https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/combined-stsol-mltssl
  • Some further occupation removals but 35 occupations added back that had been deleted in April 2017. Updated occupation lists apply to all application lodged on or after 1 July 2017, and all applications lodged prior to 1 July 2017 that have not yet been decided.
  • Newly removed occupations include: Equipment Hire Manager; Fleet Manager; Picture Manager; Property Manager; Psychotherapist; Real Estate Agent Principal; Real Estate Agent; Real Estate Agent Representative; Ship’s Engineer, Ship’s Master; Ship’s Officer and University Tutor
  • Caveats (added restrictions/requirements for specific occupations) continue to be clarified for this visa subclass – see https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/caveats-on-occupations 
  • Overall English language high salary exemption deleted, however overseas high salary exemption for applicants nominated and employed by companies operating established overseas businesses is still available
  • Accredited sponsorship program expanded into 4 categories
  • Training benchmark requirements updated, see https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L00796 – Changes to training include further limitations to what training funds can qualify for Benchmark A contributions and further limitations as to what training expenses can qualify for Benchmark B
  • Police clearance certificates now required for all 457 applications
  • Mandatory skills assessment for 457 visa expanded to include Chef and Cook applicants from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan
  • Definition of payroll for calculation of training benchmarks now expanded to include all payments to contractors and subcontractors where the work done by the contractors/subcontractors is relevant to the product or service provided or produced by the sponsor.

 

To start the process of your migration to Australia and see what visa(s) you may qualify for and what steps you can take to obtain an Australian visa, schedule your private consultation with Mark Northam today by Skype, phone, or at our offices in Sydney.

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