What New Australia Visa Changes Have Been Planned for April 2017-March 2018 Period?

Australia Immigration Visa

A great deal of churnings seems to be going on as far as the Australia immigration is concerned. Starting from this April to March 2018 numerous big changes will come into force for the would-be migrants and Australia Immigration.

It is expected that while the developments may not go down very well with the candidates, the nation will benefit in the long run and its local manpower strength will become better and bigger.

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Against this backdrop, in case you are keen to move to the overseas hotspot, take a look and plan your move accordingly to be ‘on the safer side’!

Amendments Lined from April 2017

Beginning from April 19 2017, for the new candidates for the Permanent Employer Sponsored Skilled Visa Schemes:

Australia Occupation Lists: The popular Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) will be remarkably shrunk, with as many as 216 professions done away with, even as the access to 24 vocations will be confined to regional Australia (e.g. the professions involving agriculture & farming). At present, the CSOL reinforces the Direct Entry Class of the ENS Visa.

– The CSOL will also get a new name–the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) even as it will be duly made up to date every six months, on the basis of the guidance from the Department of Employment.

– The other occupations list employed for the object of skilled movement, namely, the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), will be duly rechristened as the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). It will have the professions that have been reviewed as being of a great value to the national economy of Oz, and aligning to the administration’s longer term training and labor force policies s.

Amendments Lined Up from July 2017

Beginning from 1 July 2017, for the Permanent Employer Sponsored Skilled Visa Schemes:

Occupations Lists:

◦The STSOL will be further appraised on the basis of the guidance offered by the Department of Employment.

◦The MLTSSL will be duly reviewed on the basis of the results from the 2017-18 SOL review of the Department of Education and Training.

English Language Requirements

◦A condition of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or comparable test) score of 6 in every module.


◦A highest age condition of 45 at the time of the presentation of the petition will be applicable to the Direct Entry stream aspirants.

◦A highest age prerequisite of 50 at the time of the presentation of the petition will continue to be in force for the Temporary Residence Transition Stream candidates.

Amendments Lined Up by December 2017

Prior to December 31 this year, for the Permanent Employer Sponsored Skilled Visa Plans:

◦The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the DIBP)–the concerned visa & immigration organization–will start the collection of the Tax File Numbers for the said visa holders, and the statistics will be accordingly matched with the Tax Office’s records of Down Under, to confirm that the visa holders do not get less than their designated wage.

◦The DIBP will start to bring out the particulars relating to the sponsors authorized for not fulfilling their responsibilities under the Migration Regulation 1994 and connected legislation.

Amendments Lined Up from March 2018

Starting from March 2018, for the RSMS and the ENS:

◦For the RSMS and the ENS Visa: The MLTSSL will now be applicable, with added occupations obtainable to support the regional employers for the RSMS.

◦Least market wage rate: It will be mandatory that the recruiters give the existing market salary rate of Oz to their workers, and also cater to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.

Australia Permanent Residency

◦The eligibility time-frame for the prized Permanent Residence (PR) will be extended to three years from two years.

◦Employment experience: Not less than three years of applicable job experience.

◦Age: Every candidate must be under the maximum age condition of 45 when they file their petition.

◦Training condition: A fortified training requirement for the recruiters, to make handsome contributions towards proffering training to the local Australian manpower, will be in force.

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