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It has been somewhat of a turmoil in Australian Immigration arena since the announcement made by the Turnbull Government on 17 April 2017 to phase out the existing Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa (“457 visa”) and introduce a new replacement visa, the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (“TSS visa”).  The main confusion and frustration following the announcement lies in the fact that there has been little or no prior consultation.  The announcement blindsided both Migration Agents as well as current and prospective visa applicants.

Migration Alliance is here to inform you of key dates relevant to new TSS visa as well as existing 457 visa:

  • 19 April 2017 – Removal of 218 skilled occupations from list of sponsorable occupations as well as introduction of two new skilled occupations lists:
    • Medium - Long Term Strategic List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
    • Changes to the validity period of a 457 visa for applications lodged and/or approved on or after 19 April 2017.  Two years will be granted if the occupation is on STSOL or up to four years if the occupation is on MLTSSL
    • Opportunity given by DIBP to withdraw a 457 nomination and/or visa application in progress where an occupation is no longer on the either list
  • 1 July 2017 – Further review of existing 457 visa arrangements
    • Possible removal of occupations from both lists (MLTSSL and STSOL)
    • Introduction of providing police clearance as part of the 457 visa application process
    • Changes to existing training benchmark requirements
    • Changes to English language requirements
  • 1 December 2017 – Data Matching Introduced
    • DIBP will start collecting Tax File Numbers (TFN) for existing 457 visa holders for the purpose of cross checking salary against earnings declared on a recent 457 nomination
  • March 2018 – Abolition of the 457 visa and introduction of the TSS visa
    • 457 visas will be abolished
    • TSS will be introduced
    • There will be two streams available under TSS
      • Short Term Stream Visa will be valid for two years which will not lead to permanent residency
      • Medium Term Stream Visa will be valid for up to four years with potential pathway to permanent residency after three years
      • Caveats for certain occupations including minimum salary requirements as well as certain occupations reserved exclusively for regional areas
      • Mandatory prior employment experience for both streams
      • Labour Market Testing (unless exempt under International Obligations)
      • A non discriminatory workforce test to be introduced

To add to the confusion already created last week, it appears that revised instrument specifying occupations listed under MLTSSL and STSOL released on 19 April 2017 appears to be no longer in force which left us with the previous list.  As expected, DIBP is yet to update this information and I encourage everyone to check legislation regularly before submitting an application during this transition. For further information please contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Liberal government seems to be overhauling everything and anything with the word “Immigration” attached.  Just when we all thought it couldn’t get any more interesting, changes to the Australian Citizenship requirements as well as general eligibility were announced!  

By way of background, initial discussions earlier this year seemed to indicate that the proposed changes to Australian citizenship eligibility would likely be implemented at some stage this year. These changes were originally scheduled to come into effect on or around December 2017.  We now have access to new citizenship requirements which are published on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website with immediate effect.

Changes include:

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DIPB has published their list of occupations to be removed from CSOL effective tomorrow, 19 April 2017:

List of removed occupations

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below.

OccupationANZSCO 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
We will continue to keep you updated as further news arises.
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The media was quick to jump in on Turnbull's announcement regarding "abolition" of the 457 visa scheme which naturally has both existing and future 457 visa applicants worried.  

This is what we know so far in regards to the the proposed reforms due to come into effect in March 2018.

  • The new visa will be called Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa  and will come into effect in March 2018
  • There will be two streams, a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years 
  • This visa will replace existing 457 visa and will likely impact existing subclass 186 visa

As published on DIBP's website, key changes anticipated will include the following:

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Review of General Skilled Migration for 2017/2018 is well and truly is motion with the South Australian government releasing the latest update.

From 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017, the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points. This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time. Applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

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