ACT State Nomination Re-opens

4 July 2017

The new ACT Occupation lists and guidelines were updated on 4 July 2017. If you are currently in Australia, you must be living in Canberra to be eligible to apply for ACT nomination. Please note the ACT does not have access to nominate subclass 489 visas. If you are living overseas, you may be eligible for ACT nomination if your occupation is in demand (open) on the ACT Occupation List, or you have close ties to the ACT.

http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/skilled-visa-act-nomination/

Queensland State Nomination Re-opens

1 July 2017

The skilled visa nomination program for visa subclasses 190 and 489 in Queensland is now open. The new Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) is also now available on our website here.

Please be reminded that if you have already submitted an EOI with SkillSelect that has not been considered prior to the program re-opening, your EOI is no longer valid and you will be required to resubmit an EOI. Only EOIs meeting new criteria will be considered.

BSMQ re-opens skilled visa nomination

Changes to the Tasmanian State Migration Program

1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017

  • New Category for overseas applicants (489 visa only)
  • Changes to eligibility for ‘Category 3 – Family in Tasmania’

From 1 August 2017

  • Labour market testing for ‘Category 2 – Job Offer’ (489 visa only)

From 1 October 2017

  • Three months prior employment requirement for ‘Category 2 – Job Offer’ (BOTH 190 and 489 visas)

From 1 January 2018

  • Two year study requirement (190 visa only)
  • One year study requirement remains in place for provisional visa nomination (489 visa)

Read the fact sheet here:

www.migration.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/151775/Fact_Sheet_-_Reforms_to_Tasmania_s_state_nomination_policy_-_6_July_2017_-_FINAL.pdf

New Skilled Occupation Lists

1 July 2017

As of 1 July 2017, the lists of eligible occupations have been revised following a review, with:

  • 36 occupations newly eligible for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186), and some occupations moved between the Short-term Skilled Occupation List  (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and
  • 12 occupations completely removed from the lists

The removed occupations are:

Equipment Hire Manager^ 149915
Fleet Manager^ 149411
Picture Framer^ 394212
Property Manager^ 612112
Psychotherapist^ 272314
Real Estate Agent Principal^ 612113
Real Estate Agent^ 612114
Real Estate Agent Representative^ 612115
Ship’s Engineer 231212
Ship’s Master 231213
Ship’s Officer 231214
University Tutor^ 242112

http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists

New Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria

26 June 2017

The Victorian State Nomination program is re-opening on 1 July 2017, see below for the new Nomination list of occupations. There is also a new application process for ICT occupations due to the large number of occupations received.

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/visas-and-immigrating/visa-nomination-occupation-lists/visa-nomination-occupation-list-for-victoria#.WVW1KWiGM2x

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/2017/how-to-apply-for-victorian-visa-nomination-ict-occupations#.WVW1K2iGM2x

New multiple entry 6 year visitor visa for Singapore

15 June 2017

Singaporeans will have exclusive access to a new long-term, multiple-entry visa option by 1 January 2018, making it easier to travel to Australia for business and pleasure.

The Visitor (Subclass 600) visa will allow travellers to visit Australia for up to three months at a time, over a six-year period, with a single application.

www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Joint-Media-Release-with-the-Prime-Minister—New-visa-option-to-boost-tourism-and-business-ties-with-Singapore.aspx

New training levy to replace 457 visa training benchmark for business sponsors

18/5/17

From 1 March 2018, under the new Temporary Skill Shortage (‘TSS’) visa, businesses will incur a levy of either $1200 or $1800 per year per sponsored temporary employee, depending on the turnover of the business.

Businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year:

  • An upfront payment of $1,200 per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • a one-off payment of $3,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.

Businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year:

  • An upfront payment of $1,800 per visa year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • a one-off payment of $5,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.

The levies received from sponsoring businesses will be contributions to the new Commonwealth-State Skilling Australians Fund. The fund aims to support up to 300,000 apprentices, trainees, pre-apprenticeships in high-demand occupations over the next 4 years.