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19 July 2017

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Employer sponsored Visa Programmes effective

The previously announced changes to the employer sponsored visa programmes have come into effect on 1 July 2017.

Implemented changes for Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa:

  • Police clearance requirement:  all applicants aged 17 and above must obtain a clearance from each country they have resided in within the last 10 years for 12 months or more since turning 16.
  • Skill Assessment for trade occupations: more trade occupations and passport countries will now require a skills assessment. 
  • Accredited sponsorship expanded: lower volume sponsors will also be able to be accredited providing that they have a minimum turnover of 4 million AUD and have at least 90% Australian staff.
  • New 456 occupation lists, an important change to note is that Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Corporate General Managers have been included again on the four year list with the option of applying for permanent residence. 
  • Training Benchmark: more restrictions on training deemed as acceptable for 457 sponsorships and ENS nominations, as well as more restrictions on the calculation of payroll expenditures for these benchmarks. 

Implemented changes for Permanent Employer Sponsorship (ENS and RSMS):

  • New eligible occupation list for ENS Direct Entry
  • For applicants under 45  years of age, lodged on or after 1 July 2017, the English testing and skills exemption for people with a base salary of at least 180 000 AUD will be removed. In addition, there will be a higher level of English language skill required.

 

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