“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.


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