“Skilled Visa E-news September 2017”

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When are the next changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations?

Consistent with the Australian Government’s announcement, the lists of eligible skilled occupations will be reviewed every six months, with the next update expected in January 2018.

Caveats – bakers and pastry cooks

Occupations available for RSMS DE are currently unchanged.

457 update
Reminder regarding evidence of LMT

As advised in the last newsletter, nomination applications lodged on or after 1 October 2017, are required to provide additional evidence under policy in order to satisfy the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement (where required) – that is:
a copy of relevant advertisement(s)*; and
if fees were paid, receipt for any fees paid.
The current Domestic Recruitment Table (DRT) will no longer be accepted as sufficient evidence under policy of having tested the Australian labour market – and hence, that there is no suitably qualified and experienced Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible temporary visa holder readily available to fill the nominated position.

English requirements
As of 1 July 2017, subclass 457 visa applicants are exempt from English testing if they:
are employed by a company operating an established business overseas; and
are nominated by this company or an associated entity of that company; and
will receive a base rate of pay of at least AUD $96,400.
Applicants who meet the above requirements are exempt, regardless of whether they are sponsored by an Australian business or an overseas business.
Associated entity is as per the definition in the Migration Regulations – that is, the same definition as in Section 50AAA of the Corporations Act 2001.
Note: this exemption is not available to comply with an international trade obligation – rather it was implemented to reduce the impact of the recent removal of the English Language Skilled English Exemption (ELSET) on global businesses.


“Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream”

“New Zealand citizens who are granted this permanent visa will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after 12 months (in addition to holding a Special Category visa for a period of five consecutive years). (c) border.gov.au

This is a permanent visa. It lets you:

·         stay in Australia indefinitely

·         work and study in Australia

·         enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses

·         sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

·         travel to and from Australia for five years

·         apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.


hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa. Your family members may hold any visa.

have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016

have a taxable income at or above an income threshold for each income year in the five years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption)

meet mandatory health, character and national security checks

lodge a visa application and pay the relevant visa application charges

Age – There is no age requirement for this stream

Cost from AUD$3,670

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“1 July 2017 changes to skilled visa programmes”

In addition to the reforms which have already been implemented on 19 April 2017, there are a number of further changes which will take effect on 1 July 2017. These changes will specifically impact on the following temporary and permanent skilled migration programmes:

List of eligible skilled occupations
As foreshadowed, additional changes have been made to the list of eligible skilled occupations.

For further information about the impacted subclasses, occupations, related caveats and arrangements according to the date of lodgement see list of eligible skilled occupations.

Visa validity
Visa validity policy may be clarified further for certain visas granted on or after 1 July 2017. These changes are expected to have a positive impact on a small cohort of applicants only, with the maximum four year visa period generally still only available where the primary applicant’s occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). For further information see: Combined list of eligible skilled occupations.


Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
A number of reforms for July 2017 were previously announced in Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme (615KB PDF).

The information below elaborates further on these reforms as well as additional changes which come into effect on 1 July 2017 for the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187).
English language requirements
Applications for ENS and RSMS made under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream lodged on or after 1 July 2017 will require, at a minimum, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 6 in each component (Competent English). For more information see English language requirements.
The English language skills exemption for both ENS and RSMS has been removed for those who have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (AUD 180,001). This will also apply to all applications including those lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not been finally determined.
Skill exemption
The exemption from a skills assessment for applications made under the Direct Entry (DE) stream of both ENS and RSMS has been removed for those who have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (AUD$180,001). This will also apply to all applications including those lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not been finally determined.
From 1 July 2017, applicants for the ENS and RSMS DE stream must be younger than 45 years of age. This applies to visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017. Current age exemptions will still be available.
The age requirement for the TRT stream will remain at less than 50 years of age until 1 March 2018 when the less than 45 year age limit will become effective.
Genuine need
From 1 July 2017, all ENS and RSMS TRT stream and DE stream nominations must provide evidence of ‘Genuine need’ for the person to work in the nominated position.
Nominee to be identified
From 1 July 2017, ENS and RSMS DE nominations must include information about the identity of the nominee.
New Zealand pathway
An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holders has been introduced. This pathway is included in the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) as a new stream, and applications can only be made online. For more information – see An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand citizens.

Changes to points-tested skilled visas
From 1 July 2017, visa applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation for the following points-tested skilled visas:

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
Further information regarding these changes is available on the individual visa programme web pages above, as well as within SkillSelect.

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“Immigrants’ elderly parents required to get private health insurance under new visa terms”

“The aged parents of immigrants in Australia will have to get private health insurance and financial backing from their children before being able to access a new temporary visa being introduced by the Government.
Key points:
Temporary sponsored parent visa to be in place by July 2017
New requirements aim to protect health system from extra costs
Program available to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible NZ citizens
Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the new temporary sponsored parent visa, which allows people to visit family in Australia for five years at a time, will be in place by July 2017.
Mr Hawke told reporters in Sydney the Government wanted the new visa program to be more affordable than current arrangements without burdening the taxpayer”

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“New Visa Available to Foreign-Born Parents of Australian Citizens”

“The Turnbull Government in Australia has recently introduced a new visa in which will enable Australian citizens to being their foreign-born parents to Australia on a temporary basis.

The temporary sponsored parent visa will come into action on November 17th, with 15,000 visas available annually. The cost of these visas has not been announced as of yet, however it has been anticipated that they will cost between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the length of time that foreign-born parents wish to stay in Australia.

To be eligible for these new visas it is going to be imperative that those wishing to stay in Australia have private health insurance, as well as having financial support from their children. Other requirements may also have to be met.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has said that these visas are being made available to help families reunite with each other without adding extra cost to the health system.”

(c) Hames Freeman SBWire


New Zealand Citizens – 1 July 2017 – Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream – Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream

An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand citizens
On 19 February 2016, in acknowledgement of the special bilateral relationship between Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Government announced a streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residence, for many New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for at least five years and shown a commitment and continuous contribution to Australia.
The new visa pathway will be available as a new stream within the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa from 1 July 2017. The pathway is for New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa (SCV) holders who were usually resident in Australia on or before 19 February 2016 and who, at the time of lodging an application, have resided in Australia for at least five years. These new arrangements will give many New Zealand citizens permanent residence status, if they meet certain criteria, including:
contributing to Australia, demonstrated through income tax returns which show taxable income at least equivalent to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for the qualifying period; and
meeting mandatory health, character and security checks.
New Zealand citizens who are granted this visa will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after a period of 12 months (in addition to the five years as an eligible New Zealand SCV holder).

From 1 July 2017, The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa will have two streams:
Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream
Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream.
The existing Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa remains open to all nationalities, however, from 1 July 2017 it will be renamed the Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream. The application process is still by invitation through SkillSelect.

To be eligible for the Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream, at the time of application you must:
hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa
have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016
have a taxable income at or above an income threshold for each income year in the five years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption).
meet mandatory health, character and national security checks
lodge a visa application and pay the relevant visa application charges.
You can include the following people in your visa application:
your partner
your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.
These members of the family unit must:
meet mandatory health, character  and national security checks.
family members can hold any visa.

Like all nationalities New Zealand citizens seeking an option to apply for a permanent visa can explore the range of visa options available under the Family and Skill stream of the Australia’s annual Migration Programme.
New Zealand SCV holders who arrived in Australia before 1994 might also be eligible for a Resident Return visa (subclasses 155 and 157).
Note: If you arrived in Australia prior to 26 February 2001, you may already be considered a permanent resident for the purpose of applying for Australian citizenship.

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“‘They’re not flipping burgers’: Universities cry foul over axing of 457 visas”

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It’s the key question for universities grappling with the Turnbull government’s abolition of 457 visas: can they still bring in the big brains they often need from overseas?

As part of the changes ushered in by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, applicants will be required to show they have at least two years of work experience in their field to be eligible for a temporary work visa.

But confusion reigns in the higher education sector over whether university qualifications such as a doctorate (PhD) or high-level research will count as work experience.

The powerful Group of Eight universities wrote to Mr Turnbull on Wednesday complaining the new rules could be “extremely damaging” to academic recruitment.

University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence said he had “huge concerns” about the changes and warned they could have “unintended consequences”.

The research-focused university has more than 300 staff on 457 visas – about 5 per cent of its total – with more in the pipeline.

“They’re really not people flipping burgers,” Dr Spence told Fairfax Media. “If you are building world-class expertise in a cutting-edge area of science, you’re probably going to need to draw from a gene pool larger than 23 million.”

He pointed to Sydney University’s quantum computing unit, led in part by quantum physicist Michael Biercuk, who came to Australia on a 457 visa from the US in 2010.

Professor Biercuk estimated about a fifth of his fellow researchers were on 457s, and were hired straight out of their PhD program without any commercial “work experience”.

“Right now, on a strict interpretation [of the new law], we are not able to hire people who are coming out of their PhDs internationally,” he said. “We really need to sort out this issue.”

Without specialist hires from overseas, the capacity of the much-admired Sydney Nanoscience Hub would be kneecapped, Professor Biercuk said.

“Much of the strategic investment that Australia has made will be kind of wasted. We won’t have the technical staff to drive the work forward,” he said.

Fairfax Media put questions to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Wednesday but did not receive a response by deadline.

Astronomer and physicist Alan Duffy of Melbourne’s Swinburne University, who arrived on a 457 visa eight years ago to work on a flagship astronomical facility in Perth, said he hoped the matter was a bureaucratic oversight.

“We’re all a little alarmed but still hopeful this can be clarified,” he said. “We want the world’s best for this country, and that means it is a global search.”

The Group of Eight was also concerned about the message the move sent to the academic community worldwide.

In his letter to Mr Turnbull, Go8 chairman Peter Hoj said “the mere suggestion of Australia clamping down on academic mobility into Australia would be extremely damaging to academic recruitment in Australia”.

Dr Spence reminded the Prime Minister that recruitment of world-class talent was crucial to the government’s oft-touted innovation agenda.

“At one point [that] was very important to Malcolm Turnbull,” Dr Spence said. “I’d like to believe that it’s still important to Malcolm Turnbull.”


“HR, coders and manufacturing: The occupations most affected by 457 visa changes”

(c) Catherine Hanrahan abc.net.au/news

The Federal Government’s changes to temporary migration visas would have affected less than 10 per cent of the visas granted in the second half of 2016, official data shows.

The list of occupations eligible for temporary visa status has been cut from 651 to 435 job types.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the move is designed to put Australian workers first, though key industries have expressed fears about the difficulty they may face hiring top talent.

ABC News has crunched the numbers to see how many visas and which occupations are affected

Removed occupations account for less than 10pc of visas

Data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection shows that 24,270 primary 457 visas were granted between June and December 2016.

Of those, 2,083 were granted to workers in the 216 occupations that have now been removed from the visa list.

This represents 8.6 per cent of primary 457 visas.

That means nine out of 10 workers who were granted 457 visas in that timeframe would still be eligible for temporary work status under the new scheme.

Which occupations on the removed list were most commonly used?

Of the 216 occupations removed from the visa list, human resource advisers, production managers in manufacturing and web developers will be most affected, based on the number of 457 visas granted in 2015-16.

The chart below shows the top 10 removed occupations granted visas in 2015-16.

Top 10 number of visas granted for removed occupations

Data are from Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification occupations; number of 457 visas granted in 2015-16

  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Web Developer
  • Training and Development Professional
  • Sales Representative (Industrial Products)
  • Market Research Analyst
  • ICT Support Technicians nec
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Retail Buyer
  • Procurement Manager
  • Ship’s Officer

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Australian Immigration Visas Health Insurance Information – Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457)


“We encourage all prospective visitors and residents, whether temporary or permanent, to have adequate health insurance cover to meet their particular health needs while staying in Australia. Your health insurer can be in your home country or Australia, but if you are a student visa holder you must obtain health insurance from an Australian health insurance provider. The government’s Private Health website compares a range of insurance products so you can make an informed choice on which health cover works for you.”

“You must have adequate health insurance while in Australia. This is done by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance in Australia. You must not arrive in Australia before your health insurance starts. If you are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, you are in breach of your visa conditions.”

“If you apply for certain temporary visa subclasses, for example a Temporary Work (skilled) subclass 457 or a Student visa you will be asked to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. More information on the health insurance requirement for temporary visa subclasses is available on the relevant visa page.”

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In Australia, only people registered as migration agents can give immigration assistance to people who want to enter or stay in Australia.

It is a criminal offence for an unregistered person to provide immigration assistance or to advertise migration services. Penalties include fines and imprisonment.

If you choose to use the services of a migration agent make sure they are registered by visiting www.mara.com.au or phoning 1300 22 62 72.

What are the dangers of using an unregistered person?

Unregistered people could:

  • be unaware of current legislation and procedures
  • provide incorrect advice
  • take advantage of clients
  • make false claims regarding your chance of success
  • be breaking the law by providing immigration assistance.

What are the benefits of using a registered migration agent?

Registered migration agents are required to:

  • have a sound knowledge of migration law and practice
  • abide by a Code of Conduct
  • have appropriate insurance
  • pass character tests—including criminal history checks
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If you make a report about an unregistered person, this will not affect your visa application in any way. Any information will be treated in confidence.

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