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NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR 457 VISA APPLICATIONS

Changes with immediate effect are as follows: Visa applicants must have an occupation on the new Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL); and From 19 April 2017, the maximum duration of 457 visas for occupations that are on the new STSOL will be two years; and For 457 visa applicants, whose occupation is on the new

20 Apr 2017
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NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR 457 NOMINATION APPLICATIONS

Occupations eligible for 457 visa nomination To be eligible to be nominated for a 457 visa, employees must have an occupation that is listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List. This requirement has not changed however the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been renamed and reduced to 435 occupations (216 occupations removed and access

20 Apr 2017
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GOVERNMENT ELIMINATION OF 457 VISA

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced that the Government will abolish the Subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Work visa and replace it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa stream that more tightly controls the migration and hiring of skilled foreign workers. Significant changes will take effect immediately. The government has produced a fact sheet which can be

19 Apr 2017
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Occupations Ceilings Update – Computer Network & Engineering Professionals

Occupations group Computer Network Professionals (2631) and Other Engineering Professionals (2339) have reached their ceiling value for this programme year 2016-1017. You will not be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 if your occupation is one of the following: Computer Network Professionals (2631) 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263112 Network Administrator

30 Mar 2017
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An Immigration Program That Works

Given recent criticism by some parts of the media on Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled migrations programs Simon De Vere noted that it was very pleasing to see a more balanced and positive views on immigration being expressed. One of Australia’s leading social commentators – Bernard Salt recently described Australia as “the most successful immigration

30 Mar 2017
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Incomplete Visa Applications

The Department has reminded sponsors and visa applicants that it is critically important that all applications are complete when lodged. SHGM always submits complete nomination applications on behalf of clients but from time to time we are asked to lodge visa applications that are missing some documents (for example, health insurance policy letters or relationship

27 Mar 2017
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457 Visa Processing Times

Subclass 457 processing times are now available on the Department’s website. See: http://www.border.gov.au/News/Pages/global-visa-and-citizenship-processing-times.aspx. Please note: As at 31 December 2016, median processing times were 57 days for sponsorship applications, 46 days for nomination applications and 49 days for visa applications. Note: processing times for accredited sponsors remain significantly reduced – i.e. two days for nominations

27 Mar 2017
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457 Visa Policy – Changes in salary and hours

Can a nomination for part time work be approved? Sponsors are reminded that the subclass 457 programme is designed to fill genuine skill shortages within the Australian labour market where appropriately skilled Australians cannot be sourced. Thus, the intent of the programme is that subclass 457 visa holders are employed full time and generally approved

27 Mar 2017
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Skills Assessments in the 457 Programme

The issue of discretionary skills assessment requests has been raised frequently recently. The Department has now taken on board the concerns of many sponsors and the following new arrangements have been implemented: Changes to exemptions The exemptions to mandatory skills assessments for applicants nominated as Program or Project Administrators (ANZSCO 511112) or Specialist Managers NEC

27 Mar 2017
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Changes to the Temporary Activity Visas effective 19 November 2016

The Regulation repeals five visas:   Subclass 401 (Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa; Subclass 402 (Training and Research) visa; Subclass 416 (Special Program) visa; Subclass 420 (Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa; and Subclass 488 (Superyacht Crew) visa. Two new visas replace the repealed visas, the Subclass 407 (Training) visa and the Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa. A

17 Nov 2016
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