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Australian immigration – subclass 457, 186 and 187 changes

The Australian government announced on 18 April that it will abolish the 457 visa program from March 2018. and replace with a new visa that contains two streams.

During the announcement, the government also confirmed that there would be an immediate reduction in access to the 457 program with an overall of the occupations that were originally allowed under the program.

The previous list formally known as the Consolidated Skills Occupation List (CSOL) contained 651 occupations. There has been removal of 216 occupations, and a further 59 other occupations have had additional restrictions or exclusions imposed.

The new occupation lists have been applied retrospectively, meaning that any pending nominations that have been affected by an occupation removal with be refused, and those that have caveats imposed may also be refused subject to the nomination and visa applicant evidence.

Below is a quick summary of the announcement of changes to subclass 457, 186 and 187 visa program by The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcom Turnbull MP:

Temporary Residency

Date

457 changes

19 April 2017
  • 216 occupations removed and 59 others restricted, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia,
  • Occupational lists renamed as STSOL and MLTSSL
  • Validity period for occupations on STSOL 2 years
  • Existing 457 visa holders will not be affected by change of legislation with promise to have PR availability based against pre 19 April legislation
1 July 2017
  • English salary exemption $96,400 to be removed
  • Training benchmarks to be changed
  • Mandatory penal clearance certificates required
31 December 2017
  • Collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching
  • Publication of sanctioned sponsors

 

1 March 2018
  • 457 visa abolished
  • Replaced with TSS visa which will comprise:
    • Short-Term Stream (STSOL list), 2 years, one extension of 2 years with no PR route available)
    • Medium-Term stream (MLTSSL list), 4 years (PR route available)

 

Permanent Residency

Date

186/187 changes

19 April 2017
  • 216 occupations removed, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia
  • Occupational lists renamed as STSOL and MLTSSL
1 July 2017
  • Review of STSOL and MLTSSL
  • IELTS 6 required in each component
  • Changes in age
  • DE Stream below 45 years
  • TRTS below 50 years
31 December 2017
  • Collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching
  • Publication of sanctioned sponsors
1 March 2018
  • the MLTSSL will apply to ENS/RSMS with additional regional occupations
  • Market salary rate will apply and meet TSMIT
  • TRTS eligibility period for PR extended from 2 to 3 years
  • At least 3 years’ work experience required
  • Age limit both streams under 45 years
  • A test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
  • Contribution towards training fund

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