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An Update from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 457, PR and TSS Visas

This afternoon, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) provided registered migration agents an update on employer sponsored visas 

Migration Alliance Members might find the following summary useful: 


  • Next update to STSOL will go ahead as planned with updated list of occupations expected to be published in January 2018;
  • Anyone nominated as Baker or Pastrycook will need to meet caveat associated with their occupation, the newsletter attempts to clarify the caveat in detail;
  • DIBP is advising against submitting incomplete applications where possible as the DIBP will start to enforce their policy of making their decision based on the information provided at the time of lodgement;
  • Applications will continue to be allocated in order of lodgement.  However in some circumstances, DIBP will assess newer applications for “pipeline management purposes”;
  • Occupations for RSMS visas will remain unchanged for the time being;
  • From 1 October 2017, additional LMT evidence will need to be provided with lodged 457 nominations, DIBP will no longer be accepting Domestic Recruitment Table on face value;
  • Where evidence of external market salary is provided (especially in cases where salary is $65,000 or below per anum), it is advised that any salary surveys are accompanied by explanatory statement advising how the business was able to determine that terms and conditions of employment are no less favourable;
  • March 2018 update
    • Currently transitional arrangements for being clarified and finalised with substantial update expected to be provided in the coming months which is welcoming news;
    • TTS forms are not yet available and DIBP is seeking suggestions on how these should look.  Suggestions can be emailed here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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    Morris Sunday, 01 October 2017

    can i still have the opportunity to file PR on a 457 visa under labour agreement im in 2 and half years now on my visa since they said that current 457 visa holders are not affected do i have a chance to be a permanent resident by any chance... thanks

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    15 million was paradise Thursday, 05 October 2017

    I am Australian and my occupation has a supposed skills shortage put about by my globalist professional association. Not content with that they decided to recognise an inferior overseas qualification. Now I find it hard to find a job. Do you have any idea how angry the average Australian is with this people ponzi immigration rort?

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