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Amidst China’s crackdown on rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, 5-year visa extensions have been proposed for Hongkongers that are temporary residents in Australia.

In a press conference, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government will be adjusting policy to enable Hong Kong citizens who are currently in Australia on temporary visas to be granted 5-year extensions. They also plan to create a pathway to permanent residency for Hong Kong citizens still in Australia at the end of those 5 years.

Current and future Hongkonger students may be able to stay for a total of five years after graduation, with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of that period. All other Hongkongers on temporary visas are likely to have their visas extended by five years from today, again with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of those five years.

There are currently 8200 students, 570 temporary skilled migrants and 900 graduate visa holders in Australia, and many more Hongkongers holding Australian visas overseas. Those who already have an Australian visa but are outside the country will also be eligible for the proposed extension.

Whilst this is generally great news for Hongkongers, it does not appear that permanent residency will be the end result for all. Scott Morrison has stated that the grant of permanent visas will be “subject to meeting an updated skills list and appropriate market testing.” The humanitarian visa option will still be available, however there will not be a Hong Kong specific stream and it is unclear whether all citizens of Hong Kong will meet the requirements.

During the press conference, the Prime Minister also announced a plan to attract Hong Kong businesses to relocate to Australia, with staff being provided opportunities for resettlement under the humanitarian visa program. In addition, visa applicants from Hong Kong that have expressed interest in Australia’s talent and business innovation programs will be prioritised to come to Australia.

The Prime Minister has not provided a time frame in terms of policy implementation, however we are likely to be provided with updates in the coming weeks. For Hong Kong citizens that hold temporary visas nearing expiry, we recommend book a consultation to discuss interim visa options.

Summary of Special visa arrangements for Hong Kong

Students

Temporary skilled visas

There are almost 10,000 existing temporary skilled, temporary graduate and student visa holders in Australia who will be eligible for these special arrangements, with a further 2,500 outside Australia and 1,250 applications on hand.

Attracting the best and brightest

Attracting businesses


澳大利亚宣布对在澳香港居民的签证延长

在中国打击香港的权利和自由的同时,澳大利亚将在澳香港居民临时签证的期限延长5年

澳大利亚总理斯科特·莫里森在新闻发布会上宣布,政府将调整政策,使目前持澳大利亚临时签证的香港公民可获五年延。澳大利亚还计划在那五年结束时为仍在澳大利亚的香港公民创造永久居留权的途径。

现在和将来的香港学生毕业后总共可以居住五年,在这五年结束后可以申请永久居留。所有其他持有临时签证的香港人很可能将从今天起将签证延期五年,并且在这五年结束之时再次获得永久居留权。

目前,澳大利亚有8200名学生,570名临时技术移民和900名研究生签证持有人,还有更多在海外持有澳大利亚签证的香港人。那些已经拥有澳大利亚签证但在国外的香港人也将有资格获得签证延长。

虽然这对香港人来说是个好消息,但似乎永久居留并不是所有人的最终结果。斯科特·莫里森(Scott Morrison)表示,永久签证的授予将“取决于满足最新的技能列表和劳动力市场测试的要求”。人道主义签证选项仍然可用,但是将不会有针对香港的特定细类,目前尚不清楚是否所有香港公民都能符合要求。

在新闻发布会上,总理还宣布了一项计划,以吸引香港企业迁往澳大利亚,并根据人道主义签证计划为工作人员提供重新安置的机会。此外,对澳大利亚的人才和业务创新计划表现出兴趣的香港签证申请人将被优先考虑到澳大利亚。

总理尚未提供政策实施的时间表,但是我们可能会在未来几周内收到最新消息。对于持有即将到期的临时签证的香港公民,我们建议您进行咨询以讨论临时签证的选择。

香港特别签证安排摘要

学生

临时技术签证

吸引最优秀的人才

吸引企业

澳大利亞宣布對在澳香港居民的簽證延長

在中國打擊香港的權利和自由的同時,澳大利亞將在澳香港居民臨時簽證的期限延長5 年。

澳大利亞總理斯科特· 莫里森在新聞發布會上宣布,政府將調整政策,使目前持澳大利亞臨時簽證的香港公民可獲五年延長。澳大利亞還計劃在那五年結束時為仍在澳大利亞的香港公民創造永久居留權的途徑。

現在和將來的香港學生畢業後總共可以居住五年,在這五年結束後可以申請永久居留。所有其他持有臨時簽證的香港人很可能將從今天起將簽證延期五年,並且在這五年結束之時再次獲得永久居留權。

目前,澳大利亞有8200 名學生,570 名臨時技術移民和900 名研究生簽證持有人,還有更多在海外持有澳大利亞簽證的香港人。那些已經擁有澳大利亞簽證但在國外的香港人也將有資格獲得簽證延長。

雖然這對香港人來說是個好消息,但似乎永久居留並不是所有人的最終結果。斯科特· 莫里森(Scott Morrison )表示,永久簽證的授予將取決於滿足最新的技能列表和勞動力市場測試的要求。人道主義簽證選項仍然可用,但是將不會有針對香港的特定細類,目前尚不清楚是否所有香港公民都能符合要求。

在新聞發布會上,總理還宣布了一項計劃,以吸引香港企業遷往澳大利亞,並根據人道主義簽證計劃為工作人員提供重新安置的機會。此外,對澳大利亞的人才和業務創新計劃表現出興趣的香港簽證申請人將被優先考慮到澳大利亞。

總理尚未提供政策實施的時間表,但是我們可能會在未來幾週內收到最新消息。對於持有即將到期的臨時簽證的香港公民,我們建議您進行諮詢以討論臨時簽證的選擇。

香港特別簽證安排摘要

學生

臨時技術簽證

吸引最優秀的人才

吸引企業

將製定新的激勵措施,以吸引以出口為導向的香港公司遷往澳大利亞。除經濟激勵措施外,所有在香港工作的重要工作人員都可以使用永久簽證途徑。政府將特別針對目前在香港地區運營總部並在考慮搬遷到民主國家的企業。

If you require professional assistance with your visa application, please email us at solutions@visaone.com.au or for any urgent matters, please call us on 1300 61 99 77.

*Legal Disclaimer: Please note that this article is for general information only. Always seek professional legal advice in regards to your situation as every situation is different. Immigration legislation changes regularly and thus always, get up-to-date advice on your situation. Lodging a visa application is a judicial process and is based on the quality of legal advice and legal representation you receive. It is illegal for any Migration Agent or Lawyer to guarantee 100% of a positive result as it is a judicial process.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has released a statement regarding the Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders on 04 April 2020.


Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders

The Government is making a number of changes to temporary visa holder arrangements during the coronavirus crisis in order to protect the health and livelihoods of Australians, support critical industries, and assist with the rapid recovery post the virus.

There are 2.17 million people presently in Australia on a temporary visa.

All were welcomed to Australia on a temporary basis for different reasons including to fill skills shortages; to study as full fee-paying international students; to visit family and friends; or to work and holiday.

They are an important part of our economy and society. For example, there are over 8,000 skilled medical professionals on temporary visas supporting our health system right now.

While citizens, permanent residents and many New Zealanders have access to unconditional work rights and government payments (including the new JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments), temporary visa holders do not.

There has always been an expectation that temporary visa holders are able to support themselves while in Australia. The changes announced today will help facilitate this for those who may be stood down or lose work hours as a result of the coronavirus.

In line with changes being made for Australian citizens and permanent residents, most temporary visa holders with work rights will now be able to access their Australian superannuation to help support themselves during this crisis.

Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home. For these individuals it's time to go home, and they should make arrangements as quickly as possible.

Changes are also geared toward enabling temporary visa holders to remain in key industries, such as health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing.

Importantly, they can help boost front line health numbers, get food from farms to our shops and ensure critical services continue.

Temporary visa holders are extremely valuable to the Australian economy and way of life, but the reality is that many Australians will find themselves out of work due to the dual health and economic crisis we're currently facing, and these Australians and permanent residents must be the Government's number one focus.

Visa changes

The following new measures will apply to the major classes of temporary visa holders. The situation will be reviewed periodically and further changes made if required.

Visitor visa holders

There are 203,000 international visitors in Australia, typically on a visa lasting three months or less.

International tourists should return to their home country as quickly as possible, particularly those without family support.

Thousands are already doing this and others should follow their lead.

International students

There are 565,000 international students in Australia, mainly studying in the higher education or vocational education sector. They are an important contributor to our tertiary sector and economy, supporting 240,000 Australian jobs.

Students are encouraged to rely on family support, part-time work where available and their own savings to sustain themselves in Australia. As part of their visa application, international students have had to demonstrate that they can support themselves completely in their first year.

Students who have been here longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.

The Government will undertake further engagement with the international education sector who already provide some financial support for international students facing hardship. For example, we understand there are some education providers that are providing fee discounts to international students.

The Government will also be flexible in cases where Coronavirus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions (such as not being able attend classes).

International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight.

International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors.

International students working in the major supermarkets had also had these hours extended to help get stock on shelves during the high demand. From 1 May, their hours will return to the maximum 40 hours a fortnight as more Australians are being recruited into these roles.

New Zealanders on 444 visas

New Zealanders and Australians have reciprocal arrangements whereby we can each stay and work in each other's country. There are more than 672,000 New Zealanders in Australia on a subclass 444 visa.

New Zealanders who are on 444 visas and arrived before 26 February 2001 will have access to welfare payments and the JobKeeper payment.

444 visa holders who arrived after 2001 have access to the JobKeeper payment. Those who have lived in Australia for 10 years or more have access to JobSeeker payments for six months.

New Zealanders should consider returning to New Zealand if they are unable to support themselves through these provisions, work or family support.

Temporary Skilled visa holders

There are around 139,000 temporary skilled visa holders, on either a 2 year or 4 year visa. They were provided the visa to fill a skills shortage – a shortage that may still be present when the crisis has passed.

Consequently, those visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.

These visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.

Those visa holders who have been laid off due to coronavirus should leave the country in line with existing visa conditions if they are unable to secure a new sponsor. However, should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.

Working holiday makers supporting critical sectors

There are about 118,000 people in Australia on a Working Holiday visa (or backpacker visa) – a visa which provides conditional work rights.

To support the critical sectors of heath, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare, some limited flexibility will be provided.

In particular, working holiday makers who are working in these critical sectors will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

In general, working holiday makers that do not have the confidence to sustain themselves over the next six months should make arrangements to leave the country.

There are another 185,000 other temporary visa holders in Australia, about half of them temporary graduate visa holders. They will also be able to access their Australian superannuation if needed for support.

Further announcements will be made with the Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister in relation to supporting the agricultural sector, including the operation of the Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme.


Source: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/Coronavirus-and-Temporary-Visa-holders.aspx

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*Legal Disclaimer: Please note that this article is for general information only. Always seek professional legal advice in regards to your situation as every situation is different. Immigration legislation changes regularly and thus always, get up-to-date advice on your situation. Lodging a visa application is a judicial process and is based on the quality of legal advice and legal representation you receive. It is illegal for any Migration Agent or Lawyer to guarantee 100% of a positive result as it is a judicial process.

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The new Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) can be used to nominate occupations for the following visa subclasses:

Note:

 

Occupation ANZSCO Code Assessing Authority
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec 141999 VETASSESS
Accountant (General)*** 221111 CPA/CA/IPA
Actuary 224111 VETASSESS
Acupuncturist 252211 VETASSESS
Advertising Manager 131113 AIM
Advertising Specialist*** 225111 VETASSESS
Aeronautical Engineer 233911 Engineers Australia
Agricultural Consultant 234111 VETASSESS
Agricultural Engineer 233912 Engineers Australia
Agricultural Scientist 234112 VETASSESS
Agricultural Technician*** 311111 VETASSESS
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112 TRA
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 342111 TRA
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 323112 TRA
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) 323113 TRA
Ambulance Officer 411111 VETASSESS
Anaesthetic Technician 311211 VETASSESS
Anaesthetist 253211 Medical Board of Australia
Analyst Programmer 261311 ACS
Animal Attendants and Trainers nec *** 361199 VETASSESS
Apiarist *** 121311 VETASSESS
Aquaculture Farmer *** 121111 VETASSESS
Arborist 362212 TRA
Architect 232111 AACA
Architectural Draftsperson 312111 VETASSESS
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec 312199 VETASSESS
Art Teacher (Private Tuition) 249211 VETASSESS
Arts Administrator or Manager 139911 VETASSESS
Audiologist 252711 VETASSESS
Automotive Electrician 321111 TRA
Baker *** 351111 TRA
Barrister 271111 SLAA
Beef Cattle Farmer *** 121312 VETASSESS
Biomedical Engineer 233913 Engineers Australia
Boat Builder and Repairer 399111 TRA
Book or Script Editor 212212 VETASSESS
Botanist 234515 VETASSESS
Bricklayer 331111 TRA
Building Associate 312112 VETASSESS
Building Inspector 312113 VETASSESS
Business Machine Mechanic 342311 TRA
Cabinetmaker 394111 TRA
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) 342411 TRA
Cafe or Restaurant Manager*** 141111 VETASSESS
Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) 399512 TRA
Cardiac Technician 311212 VETASSESS
Cardiologist 253312 Medical Board of Australia
Cardiothoracic Surgeon 253512 Medical Board of Australia
Careers Counsellor 272111 VETASSESS
Carpenter 331212 TRA
Carpenter and Joiner 331211 TRA
Cartographer 232213 VETASSESS
Chef*** 351311 TRA
Chemical Plant Operator 399211 TRA
Chemist 234211 VETASSESS
Chemistry Technician 311411 VETASSESS
Chief Executive or Managing Director *** 111111 AIM
Chief Information Officer 135111 ACS
Child Care Centre Manager 134111 TRA
Chiropractor 252111 CCEA
Civil Engineer 233211 Engineers Australia
Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211 Engineers Australia/ VETASSESS
Clinical Haematologist 253313 Medical Board of Australia
Clinical Psychologist 272311 APS
Commodities Trader 222111 VETASSESS
Community Worker 411711 VETASSESS
Company Secretary 221211 VETASSESS
Complementary Health Therapists nec 252299 VETASSESS
Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263111 ACS
Conference and Event Organiser *** 149311 VETASSESS
Conservator 234911 VETASSESS
Construction Project Manager 133111 VETASSESS
Contract Administrator *** 511111 VETASSESS
Cook*** 351411 TRA
Copywriter 212411 VETASSESS
Corporate General Manager *** 111211 AIM
Corporate Services Manager *** 132111 VETASSESS
Coton Grower *** 121211 VETASSESS
Counsellors nec 272199 VETASSESS
Crop Farmers nec  *** 121299 VETASSESS
Customer Service Manager  *** 149212 VETASSESS
Dairy Cattle Farmer  *** 121313 VETASSESS
Dance Teacher (Private Tuition) 249212 VETASSESS
Dancer or Choreographer 211112 VETASSESS
Database Administrator 262111 ACS
Dental Specialist 252311 ADC
Dental Technician 411213 TRA
Dentist 252312 ADC
Dermatologist 253911 Medical Board of Australia
Developer Programmer 261312 ACS
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917 Medical Board of Australia
Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 TRA
Dietitian 251111 DAA
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) 212312 VETASSESS
Disabilities Services Officer 411712 VETASSESS
Diversional Therapist 411311 VETASSESS
Diving Instructor (Open Water) 452311 VETASSESS
Dog Handler or Trainer 361111 VETASSESS
Drainer 334113 TRA
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 272112 VETASSESS
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher 241111 AITSL
Earth Science Technician 311412 VETASSESS
Economist 224311 VETASSESS
Education Adviser 249111 VETASSESS
Education Managers nec 134499 VETASSESS
Educational Psychologist 272312 APS
Electrical Engineer 233311 Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311 Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Technician 312312 TRA
Electrician (General) 341111 TRA
Electrician (Special Class) 341112 TRA
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313 Engineers Australia
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314 TRA
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 342315 TRA
Emergency Medicine Specialist 253912 TRA
Endocrinologist 253315 Engineers Australia
Engineering Manager 133211 Medical Board of Australia
Engineering Professionals nec 233999 Medical Board of Australia
Engineering Technologist 233914 Engineers Australia/AIM
Enrolled Nurse 411411 ANMAC
Environmental Consultant 234312 VETASSESS
Environmental Engineer 233915 Engineers Australia
Environmental Manager 139912 VETASSESS
Environmental Research Scientist 234313 VETASSESS
Environmental Scientists nec 234399 VETASSESS
Equipment Hire Manager 149915 VETASSESS
External Auditor 221213 CPA/CA/IPA
Facilities Manager  *** 149913 VETASSESS
Faculty Head 134411 VETASSESS
Family and Marriage Counsellor 272113 VETASSESS
Family Support Worker 411713 VETASSESS
Farrier 322113 TRA
Fashion Designer 232311 VETASSESS
Fibrous Plasterer 333211 TRA
Film and Video Editor 212314 VETASSESS
Finance Broker 222112 VETASSESS
Finance Manager  *** 132211 CPA/ICA/AIPA
Financial Brokers nec 222199 VETASSESS
Financial Dealers nec 222299 VETASSESS
Financial Investment Adviser 222311 VETASSESS
Financial Investment Manager 222312 VETASSESS
Financial Market Dealer 222211 VETASSESS
Fitness Centre Manager 149112 VETASSESS
Fitter (General) 323211 TRA
Fitter and Turner 323212 TRA
Fitter-Welder 323213 TRA
Fleet Manager 149411 VETASSESS
Florist 362111 TRA
Flower Grower *** 121212 VETASSESS
Footballer 452411 VETASSESS
Forester 234113 VETASSESS
Fruit or Nut Grower *** 121213 VETASSESS
Furniture Finisher 394211 TRA
Gallery or Museum Curator 224212 VETASSESS
Gardener (General) 362211 TRA
Gasfitter 334114 TRA
Gastroenterologist 253316 Medical Board of Australia
General Practitioner 253111 Medical Board of Australia
Geologist 234411 VETASSESS
Geotechnical Engineer 233212 Engineers Australia
Glazier 333111 TRA
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ) *** 121214 VETASSESS
Grape Grower *** 121215 VETASSESS
Graphic Designer *** 232411 VETASSESS
Greenkeeper 362311 TRA
Gymnastics Coach or Instructor 452312 VETASSESS
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager *** 142114 VETASSESS
Hairdresser *** 391111 TRA
Hardware Technician 313111 TRA
Health and Welfare Services Managers nec 134299 VETASSESS
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec 251999 VETASSESS
Health Information Manager 224213 VETASSESS
Health Promotion Officer 251911 VETASSESS
Horse Breeder *** 121316 VETASSESS
Horse Riding Coach or Instructor 452313 VETASSESS
Hospital Pharmacist 251511 APharmC
Hotel or Motel Manager *** 141311 VETASSESS
Human Resource Manager 132311 AIM
ICT Account Manager 225211 VETASSESS
ICT business Analyst 261111 ACS
ICT Business Development Manager 225212 VETASSESS
ICT Customer Support Officer 313112 TRA
ICT Managers nec 135199 ACS
ICT Project Manager *** 135112 ACS
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer 263211 ACS
ICT Sales Representative 225213 VETASSESS
ICT Security Specialist 262112 ACS
ICT Support Engineer *** 263212 ACS
ICT Systems Test Engineer *** 263213 ACS
ICT Trainer 223211 ACS
Illustrator 232412 VETASSESS
Industrial Designer 232312 VETASSESS
Industrial Pharmacist 251512 VETASSESS
Information and Organisation Professionals nec *** 224999 VETASSESS
Insurance Agent 611211 VETASSESS
Insurance Broker 222113 VETASSESS
Insurance Loss Adjuster 599612 VETASSESS
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic 411112 VETASSESS
Intensive Care Specialist 253317 Medical Board of Australia
Interior Designer 232511 VETASSESS
Internal Auditor 221214 VETASSESS
Interpreter 272412 NAATI
Jeweller 399411 TRA
Jewellery Designer 232313 VETASSESS
Joiner 331213 TRA
Journalists and Other Writers nec 212499 VETASSESS
Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec 271299 VETASSESS
Laboratory Manager 139913 VETASSESS
Land Economist 224511 VETASSESS
Landscape Architect 232112 VETASSESS
Landscape Gardener 362213 TRA
Librarian 224611 VETASSESS
Library Technician 399312 VETASSESS
Life Science Technician 311413 VETASSESS
Lift Mechanic 341113 TRA
Livestock Farmer *** 121399 VETASSESS
Locksmith 323313 TRA
Make Up Artist 399514 TRA
Management Accountant 221112 CPA/CA/IPA
Management Consultant *** 224711 VETASSESS
Manufacturer 133411 VETASSESS
Marine Biologist 234516 VETASSESS
Marketing Specialist *** 225113 VETASSESS
Massage Therapist *** 411611 VETASSESS
Mathematician 224112 VETASSESS
Meat Inspector 311312 VETASSESS
Mechanical Engineer 233512 Engineers Australia
Mechanical Engineering Technician *** 312512 TRA
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 251211 AIR
Medical Laboratory Scientist 234611 AIMS
Medical Laboratory Technician 311213 AIMS
Medical Oncologist 253314 Medical Board of Australia
Medical Practitioners nec 253999 Medical Board of Australia
Medical Radiation Therapist 251212 AIR
Medical Technicians nec 311299 VETASSESS
Metal Fabricator 322311 TRA
Metal Fitters and Machinists nec 323299 TRA
Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214 TRA
Metallurgical or Materials Technician 312912 VETASSESS
Meteorologist 234913 VETASSESS
Middle School Teacher (Aus) / Intermediate School Teacher (NZ) 241311 AITSL
Midwife 254111 ANMAC
Mine Deputy 312913 VETASSESS
Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) 233611 Engineers Australia
Minister of Religion* 272211 VETASSESS
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer *** 121411 VETASSESS
Mixed Crop Farmer *** 121216 VETASSESS
Mixed Livestock Farmer *** 121317 VETASSESS
Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 TRA
Motorcycle Mechanic 321213 TRA
Multimedia Specialist 261211 ACS
Music Teacher (Private Tuition) 249214 VETASSESS
Musician (Instrumental) 211213 VETASSESS
Naturopath 252213 VETASSESS
Naval Architect 233916 Engineers Australia
Network Administrator 263112 ACS
Network Analyst 263113 ACS
Neurologist 253318 Medical Board of Australia
Neurosurgeon 253513 Medical Board of Australia
Newspaper or Periodical Editor 212412 VETASSESS
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213 ANZSNM
Nurse Educator 254211 ANMAC
Nurse Manager 254311 ANMAC
Nurse Practitioner 254411 ANMAC
Nursing Clinical Director 134212 ANMAC
Nutritionist 251112 VETASSESS
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 253913 Medical Board of Australia
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser 251312 VETASSESS
Occupational Therapist 252411 OTC
Ophthalmologist 253914 Medical Board of Australia
Optometrist 251411 OCANZ
Organisation and Methods Analyst 224712 VETASSESS
Organisational Psychologist 272313 APS 
Orthopaedic Surgeon 253514 Medical Board of Australia
Orthoptist 251412 VETASSESS
Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912 VETASSESS
Osteopath 252112 ANZOC
Other Spatial Scientist 232214 VETASSESS
Other Sports Coach or Instructor 452317 VETASSESS
Otorhinolaryngologist 253515 Medical Board of Australia
Paediatric Surgeon 253516 Medical Board of Australia
Paediatrician 253321 Medical Board of Australia
Painting trades workers 332211 TRA
Panelbeater 324111 TRA
Pastrycook *** 351112 TRA
Patents Examiner 224914 VETASSESS
Pathologist 253915 Medical Board of Australia
Performing Arts Technicians nec 399599 VETASSESS
Pharmacy Technician 311215 VETASSESS
Photographer 211311 VETASSESS
Physicist 234914 VETASSESS
Physicist (Medical Physicist only) 234914 ACPSEM
Physiotherapist 252511 APC
Picture Framer 394212 TRA
Pig Farmer *** 121318 VETASSESS
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 253517 Medical Board of Australia
Plumber (General) 334111 TRA
Podiatrist 252611 APodC/ANZPAC
Post Office Manager 142115 VETASSESS
Poultry Farmer *** 121321 VETASSESS
Power Generation Plant Operator 399213 TRA
Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer 323314 TRA
Primary Health Organisation Manager 134213 VETASSESS
Primary Products Inspectors nec *** 311399 VETASSESS
Primary School Teacher 241213 AITSL
Print Finisher 392111 TRA
Print Journalist 212413 VETASSESS
Printing Machinist 392311 TRA
Private Tutors and Teachers nec 249299 VETASSESS
Production Manager (Forestry) *** 133511 VETASSESS
Program Director (Television or Radio) 212315 VETASSESS
Program or Project Administrator 511112 VETASSESS
Property Manager 612112 VETASSESS
Psychiatrist 253411 Medical Board of Australia
Psychologists nec 272399 APS
Psychotherapist 272314 VETASSESS
Public Relations Professional 225311 VETASSESS
Quality Assurance Manager 139914 VETASSESS
Quantity Surveyor 233213 AIQS
Radiation Oncologist 253918 Medical Board of Australia
Radio Communications Technician 313211 TRA
Real Estate Agency Principal 612113 VETASSESS
Real Estate Agent 612114 VETASSESS
Real Estate Representative 612115 VETASSESS
Records Manager 224214 VETASSESS
Recreation Officer 272612 VETASSESS
Recruitment Consultant *** 223112 VETASSESS
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 254413 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 254417 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Paediatric) 254425 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424 ANMAC
Registered Nurses nec 254499 ANMAC
Rehabilitation Counsellor 272114 VETASSESS
Renal Medicine Specialist 253322 Medical Board of Australia
Resident Medical Officer 253112 Medical Board of Australia
Residential Care Officer 411715 VETASSESS
Retail Pharmacist 251513 VETASSESS
Rheumatologist 253323 APharmC
Roof plumber 334115 Medical Board of Australia
Roof Tiler 333311 TRA
Sales and Marketing Manager *** 131112 AIM
School Principal 134311 VETASSESS
Science Technicians nec 311499 VETASSESS
Secondary School  Teacher 241411 AITSL
Sheep Farmer *** 121322 VETASSESS
Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211 TRA
Shipwright 399112 TRA
Signwriter 399611 TRA
Small Engine Mechanic 321214 TRA
Snowsport Instructor 452314 VETASSESS
Social Professionals nec 272499 VETASSESS
Social Worker 272511 AASW
Software and Applications Programmers nec 261399 ACS
Software Engineer 261313 ACS
Software Tester *** 261314 ACS
Solicitor 271311 SLAA
Solid Plasterer 333212 TRA
Sonographer 251214 AIR
Sound Technician 399516 TRA
Special Education Teachers nec 241599 AITSL
Special Needs Teacher 241511 AITSL
Specialist Managers nec except:

  • Ambassador
  • Archbishop
  • Bishop
139999 VETASSESS
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 253311 Medical Board of Australia
Specialist Physicians nec 253399 Medical Board of Australia
Speech Pathologist 252712 SPA
Sports Centre Manager 149113 VETASSESS
Sports Development Officer 452321 VETASSESS
Sportspersons nec 452499 VETASSESS
Stage Manager 212316 VETASSESS
Statistician 224113 VETASSESS
Stockbroking Dealer 222213 VETASSESS
Structural Engineer 233214 Engineers Australia
Student Counsellor 272115 VETASSESS
Sugar Cane Grower *** 121217 VETASSESS
Supply and Distribution  Manager *** 133611 AIM
Surgeon (General) 253511 Medical Board of Australia
Surveyor 232212 SSSI
Swimming Coach or Instructor 452315 VETASSESS
Systems Administrator 262113 ACS
Systems Analyst 261112 ACS
Taxation Accountant 221113 CPA/CA/IPA
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages 249311 VETASSESS
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512 AITSL
Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513 AITSL
Technical Cable Jointer 342212 TRA
Technical Director 212317 VETASSESS
Technical Sales Representatives nec *** 225499 VETASSESS
Technical Writer 212415 VETASSESS
Telecommunications Engineer 263311 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Field Engineer 313212 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Linesworker 342413 TRA
Telecommunications Network Engineer 263312 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist 313214 Engineers Australia
Television Journalist 212416 VETASSESS
Tennis Coach 452316 VETASSESS
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic 323215 TRA
Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324 Medical Board of Australia
Toolmaker 323412 TRA
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner 252214 Chinese Medicine Board Of Australia
Transport Company Manager *** 149413 VETASSESS
Transport Engineer 233215 Engineers Australia
University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University) *** 242111 VETASSESS
University Tutor 242112 VETASSESS
Upholsterer 393311 TRA
Urban and Regional Planner 232611 VETASSESS
Urologist 253518 Medical Board of Australia
Valuer 224512 VETASSESS
Vascular Surgeon 253521 Medical Board of Australia
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ) *** 121221 VETASSESS
Vehicle Body Builder 324211 TRA
Vehicle Trimmer 324212 TRA
Veterinarian 234711 AVBC
Veterinary Nurse 361311 VETASSESS
Video Producer 212318 VETASSESS
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec 211499 VETASSESS
Wall and Floor Tiler 333411 VETASSESS
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer 323316 TRA
Web Administrator 313113 ACS
Web Designer 232414 VETASSESS
Welder (First Class) 322313 TRA
Welfare Centre Manager 134214 ACWA/VETASSESS
Welfare Worker 272613 ACWA
Wine Maker *** 234213 VETASSESS
Wood Machinist 394213 TRA
Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec 394299 TRA
Youth Worker 411716 VETASSESS
Zoologist 234518 VETASSESS

 

To find out more about the 457 Abolishment changes, please read our article release about the new changes:

457 Abolished | The Real Changes That Will Affect You Now

If you require professional assistance with your matter, please email us at solutions@VisaOne.com.au. Due to the sudden nature of the announcement made regarding the 457 visa program, you may experience 1-2 business days of delay in our response to your enquiry.

If you have an urgent case matter which requires immediate intervention and you wish to engage us to professionally assist with your case, please call us on 1300 61 99 77 (or +61 7 3181 5588) and clearly describe your situation (such as your occupation, the status of your application and any other problems you require immediate assistance with).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="It doesn't cost you to know your options" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23288bd0" google_fonts="font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal" css=".vc_custom_1493284229331{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title=" 1300 619 977" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#333333" btn_bg_color="" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" icon="Defaults-phone" icon_size="32" icon_color="#288bd0" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="3" el_class="ubtn123" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284369687{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:34px;" btn_line_height="desktop:34px;"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title="FREE VISA ASSESSMENT" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#ffffff" btn_bg_color="#ff8200" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" btn_bg_color_hover="#ff9b30" btn_title_color_hover="#ffffff" icon_size="32" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="5" el_class="sg-popup-id-2" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284465384{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:20px;" btn_line_height="desktop:20px;"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Occupations removed on Wednesday the 19th of April 2017:

Occupation ANZSCO Code
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 411511
Actor 211111
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC 211199
Aeroplane Pilot 231111
Air Traffic Controller 231112
Air Transport Professionals NEC 231199
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 323111
Amusement Centre Manager 149111
Antique Dealer 142112
Apparel Cutter 393211
Archaeologist 272414
Archivist 224211
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) 212311
Artistic Director 212111
Auctioneer 611111
Author 212211
Bed and Breakfast Operator 141911
Betting agency Manager 142113
Biochemist 234513
Biotechnologist 234514
Blacksmith 322111
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator 149911
Broadcast Transmitter Operator 399511
Building and Engineering Technicians NEC 312999
Business Broker 612111
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 351211
Call or Contact Centre Manager 149211
Canvas Goods Fabricator 393111
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager 141211
Cinema or Theatre Manager 149912
Clinical Coder 599915
Clothing Patternmaker 393212
Clothing Trades Workers NEC 393299
Commissioned Defence Force Officer 139111
Commissioned Fire Officer 139112
Commissioned Police Officer 139113
Communications Operator 342312
Community Arts Worker 272611
Composer 211211
Conservation Officer 234311
Construction Estimator 312114
Conveyancer 599111
Corporate Treasurer 221212
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ) 599212
Deer Farmer 121314
Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 441111
Defence Force Senior Officer 111212
Dental Hygienist 411211
Dental Prosthetist 411212
Dental Therapist 411214
Detective 441311
Director of Photography 212313
Diver 399911
Dog or Horse Racing Official 452318
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition) 249213
Dressmaker or Tailor 393213
Driller 712211
Driving Instructor 451211
Education Reviewer 249112
Electorate Officer 224911
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson 312411
Electronic Engineering Technician 312412
Electroplater 322112
Emergency Service Worker 441211
Engineering Patternmaker 323411
Engraver 323311
Entertainer or Variety Artist 211113
Environmental Health Officer 251311
Exercise Physiologist 234915
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors NEC 212399
Financial Institution Branch Manager 149914
Fire Fighter 441212
Fire Protection Equipment Technician 399918
First Aid Trainer 451815
Fisheries Officer 311311
Flight Attendant 451711
Floor Finisher 332111
Flying Instructor 231113
Food Technologist 234212
Funeral Director 451311
Funeral Workers NEC 451399
Futures Trader 222212
Gallery or Museum Technician 399311
Gas or Petroleum Operator 399212
Geophysicist 234412
Goat Farmer 121315
Golfer 452412
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker 392211
Gunsmith 323312
Helicopter Pilot 231114
Historian 272411
Homoeopath 252212
Horse Trainer 361112
Human Resource Adviser 223111
Hydrogeologist 234413
Hydrographer 311415
ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC 263299
ICT Support Technicians NEC 313199
Importer or Exporter 133311
Insurance Investigator 599611
Insurance Risk Surveyor 599613
Intellectual Property Lawyer 271214
Intelligence Officer 224411
Interior Decorator 399912
Jockey 452413
Judge 271211
Kennel Hand 361115
Leather Goods Maker 393112
Legal Executive 599112
Liaison Officer 224912
Licensed Club Manager 141411
Life Scientist (General) 234511
Life Scientists NEC 234599
Light Technician 399513
Magistrate 271212
Maintenance Planner 312911
Marine Surveyor 231215
Marine Transport Professionals NEC 231299
Market Research Analyst 225112
Master Fisher 231211
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 312511
Media Producer (excluding Video) 212112
Metal Casting Trades Worker 322114
Metal Polisher 322115
Metallurgist 234912
Microbiologist 234517
Migration Agent (Aus) 224913
Mothercraft Nurse 411412
Multimedia Designer 232413
Music Director 211212
Music Professionals NEC 211299
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer 399515
Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC 234999
Nurse Researcher 254212
Nurseryperson 362411
Operating Theatre Technician 311214
Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ) 399913
Optical Mechanic 399914
Other Sports Official 452323
Painter (Visual Arts) 211411
Park Ranger 234314
Parole or Probation Officer 411714
Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ) 311216
Petroleum Engineer 233612
Plastics Technician 399916
Plumbing Inspector 312115
Police Officer 441312
Policy Analyst 224412
Policy and Planning Manager 132411
Potter or ceramic artist 211412
Prison Officer 442111
Procurement Manager 133612
Production Manager (Manufacturing) 133512
Public Relations Manager 131114
Quarantine Officer 311313
Radio Journalist 212414
Radio Presenter 212113
Railway Station Manager 149412
Regional Education Manager 134412
Research and Development Manager 132511
Retail Buyer 639211
Retirement Village Manager 141912
Safety Inspector 312611
Sail Maker 393113
Sales Representative (Industrial Products) 225411
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) 225412
Saw Maker and Repairer 323315
School Laboratory Technician 311414
Screen Printer 392112
Sculpter 211413
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member 139211
Shearer 361211
Shoemaker 393114
Singer 211214
Small Offset Printer 392312
Sports Administrator 139915
Sports Umpire 452322
Stock and Station Agent 611112
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician 312116
Technicians and Trades Workers NEC 399999
Telecommunications Cable Jointer 342412
Telecommunications Technician 342414
Television Equipment Operator 399517
Television Presenter 212114
Training and Development Professional 223311
Translator 272413
Travel Agency Manager 142116
Travel Attendants NEC 451799
Tribunal Member 271213
Turf Grower 121218
Vehicle Painter 324311
Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades) 242211
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) 242211
Web Developer 261212
Wholesaler 133312
Wood Turner 394214
Wool Buyer 639212
Wool Classer 399917
Workplace Relations Advisor 223113
Zookeeper 361114

 

To find out more about the 457 Abolishment changes, please read our article release about the new changes:

457 Abolished | The Real Changes That Will Affect You Now

If you require professional assistance with your matter, please email us at solutions@VisaOne.com.au. Due to the sudden nature of the announcement made regarding the 457 visa program, you may experience 1-2 business days of delay in our response to your enquiry.

If you have an urgent case matter which requires immediate intervention and you wish to engage us to professionally assist with your case, please call us on 1300 61 99 77 (or +61 7 3181 5588) and clearly describe your situation (such as your occupation, the status of your application and any other problems you require immediate assistance with).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="It doesn't cost you to know your options" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23288bd0" google_fonts="font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal" css=".vc_custom_1493284229331{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title=" 1300 619 977" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#333333" btn_bg_color="" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" icon="Defaults-phone" icon_size="32" icon_color="#288bd0" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="3" el_class="ubtn123" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284369687{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:34px;" btn_line_height="desktop:34px;"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title="FREE VISA ASSESSMENT" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#ffffff" btn_bg_color="#ff8200" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" btn_bg_color_hover="#ff9b30" btn_title_color_hover="#ffffff" icon_size="32" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="5" el_class="sg-popup-id-2" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284465384{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:20px;" btn_line_height="desktop:20px;"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A surprising announcement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, that the Australian government will be abolishing the 457 program and replacing it with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which will officially come into effect in March of 2018 (next year).

This has created a ripple effect of fear, confusion and uncertainty for 457 visa applicants, and 457 sponsors, which include small businesses, medium-to-large organisations and even government bodies who all utilise the 457 program to fill a wide array of skilled vacancies with skilled workers from around the globe, including Europe, Asia and the Americas.

It is important to know that the transition of changes of the move from the current 457 program to the new TSS visa has already begun. Reforms have come into effect from today starting with the occupation lists, and more changes to follow this coming 1st of July 2017. Below are the immediate changes, effective from today, that may affect your 457 visa/nomination/sponsorship:

Changes commencing on the 19th April (today):

So what does this mean for you as an applicant or employer?

This means that depending on your occupation or vacant position:

  1. You will not be able to use the 457 program for occupations that have been removed from the occupations lists.
  2. For the remaining occupations, on the new lists, you can still use the 457 program but some restrictions may apply to your occupation, or will only be allowed for regional work purposes.
  3. The maximum period of the visa validity of 457 visas granted from the 19th of April 2017 onwards will vary depending on what list the occupation/vacancy falls under (STSOL vs MSTSSL).

Current 457 visa holders are not affected by the change and their visas will continue to remain in effect. The only time where the changes will affect current 457 visa holders is if they intend to switch employers, which requires a new 457 nomination (which will be subject to the new occupation lists and associated restrictions).

Current 457 nomination and visa applications that have been lodged on or before the 18th of April 2017 (where the application/s have not yet been finalised) will be affected by the new occupation lists. The Department of Immigration have advised that applications affected by the changes may be eligible for a refund of their nomination fee and visa application fee.

If you are about to embark on a 457 case (or if you are in the middle of the process), please make sure you understand the above changes and consult with an experienced registered migration agent who can navigate the changes and offer you advice and assistance to help you, moving forward.

If you require professional assistance with your matter, please email us at solutions@VisaOne.com.au. Due to the sudden nature of the announcement made regarding the 457 visa program, you may experience 1-2 business days of delay in our response to your enquiry.

If you have an urgent case matter which requires immediate intervention and you wish to engage us to professionally assist with your case, please call us on 1300 61 99 77 (or +61 7 3181 5588) and clearly describe your situation (such as your occupation, the status of your application and any other problems you require immediate assistance with).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="It doesn't cost you to know your options" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23288bd0" google_fonts="font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal" css=".vc_custom_1493284229331{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title=" 1300 619 977" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#333333" btn_bg_color="" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" icon="Defaults-phone" icon_size="32" icon_color="#288bd0" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="3" el_class="ubtn123" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284369687{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:34px;" btn_line_height="desktop:34px;"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title="FREE VISA ASSESSMENT" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#ffffff" btn_bg_color="#ff8200" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" btn_bg_color_hover="#ff9b30" btn_title_color_hover="#ffffff" icon_size="32" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="5" el_class="sg-popup-id-2" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284465384{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:20px;" btn_line_height="desktop:20px;"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Question: I got a band score of 5 in IELTS, do I meet the IELTS requirement for a 457 visa?

Most people believe that the passing marks for English is a minimum of 5's across all four components of the IELTS General Test (i.e. Reading, writing, speaking and listening).

However from the 18th of April this year (2015), Immigration loosened the requirements and allowed people to show a band score (ie. Average score) of 5, with no scores less than 4.5 in any of the four components.

This is a big deal, considering how the IELTS testing organization has been largely viewed as a monopoly giant in the English testing industry and having an unexplained knack of failing people’s individual scores by 0.5. This change since the 18th of April, will allow more people who can meet the band score average to go ahead and apply for their 457 working visas and get on with life.

Kudos Immigration. Kudos.

From the desk of Yuri Marshall | Changing Lives Everyday

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has just updated their website with the occupation ceilings for the 2015 - 2016 programme year.

You can find the occupation ceilings information here: SkillSelect and click on "Occupation ceilings" tab.

The list already includes Cabinetmakers and Panelbeaters which were recently added on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

The table below shows the top 5 occupations based on their ceiling values.

Occupation ID Description Ceiling Value Results to date
2544 Registered Nurses 13872 0
3411 Electricians 8772 0
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8352 0
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 8070 0
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7290 0

 

And below is the ceiling values for Cabinetmakers and Panelbeaters.

Occupation ID Description Ceiling Value Results to date
​3941 ​Cabinetmakers ​1530 ​0
​3241 ​Panelbeaters ​1134 ​0

 

For more information, visit SkillSelect and Skilled Occupations List.

To view the Skilled Occupation List, click here.

The following article is sourced from minister.border.gov.au​:

Joint media release - Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training

Panelbeaters and cabinet makers will be added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for independent skilled migration applicants, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced today.

Minister Cash said the new occupations on the SOL reflect that there is a gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done.

“Cabinet makers and panelbeaters make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce,” Minister Cash said.

“Skilled migrants complement locally trained and skilled workers, help to create new jobs and contribute to the communities in which they live and work. The Government’s $6 billion annual investment in vocational education and training is also supporting our training system to offer a pipeline of local talent to help address skills shortages,” Senator Birmingham said.

The SOL was updated based on the findings of a review of Australia’s labour market and education and migration data by the Department of Industry and Science. The review also considered submissions by industry, unions, trade and professional organisations.

The SOL applies to independent points based skilled migration (skilled migrants not nominated by State or Territory Governments), Family Sponsored visa applications and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate Work stream. Occupational ceilings are set for each occupation on the SOL to limit the number of migrants under each occupation in this part of the migration programme.

Other key changes to the SOL include the removal of urban and regional planners, dentists and dental specialists. Additional occupations have been flagged for close review in next year’s process.

The new SOL comes into effect on 1 July 2015. It will be used for applications made from that date.

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) posted an update to the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.

The White Paper includes a range of visa initiatives to encourage tourism to northern Australia, and to support development in the north.

For further information see the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.

The visa initiatives will include:

Visitor visa (subclass 600) initiatives to support tourism from China and India:

The following announcements set out our forward plan to manage growth in China and provide better, faster and easier Visitor visas into the future. Generally, these will be introduced over the next few years in a staged and orderly manner to maintain our existing high levels of service.

Work and Holiday visas initiatives to support northern Australia:

Designated Area Migration Agreement:

Source: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. 

For more information, click here.

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