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All About Latest Australia Immigration Updates w.e.f. 1st July 2018

Wed, Jul 04 2018
All About Latest Australia Immigration Updates w.e.f. 1st July 2018

Australia Immigration process is almost on a verge of complete makeover that will deeply impact Australia’s migrant community that includes business sponsoring skilled migrants and point-test based visa applications.

July is the month of Australia revamping, from 1 July 2018 onwards, there will be a series of reforms on various skilled visa categories in Australia’s migration program.

The department is changing the immigration norms to sharpen the focus of Australia’s skilled migration programs, to ensure they better meet Australia’s skills needs.

What are the immigration changes planned by the Australian government?

Below mentioned are some of the key changes that are recently announced by the Federal Government for the skilled migration visa applications:

  • Changes to Australia pass point score for skilled migration

A point based immigration system is followed by the immigration department to migrate the potential applicants under Subclass 189, subclass 190 and subclass 489 visas.

Australia is in highly needs of skilled workers and thus invites applicants to apply for Australia PR under skilled migration programs to best meet the labour requirement needs.

To be able to apply for Australia PR, the minimum score has been increased from 60 to 65 points. The points are calculated for age, educational qualification, work experience, relevant skills, language proficiency and other factors.

Immigration score can be checked using Australia Point Calculator

  • Global Talent Visa Scheme

The Global trial visa scheme will run on a trial basis for 12 months in July, 2018. This stream is purposely come into force to attract highly skilled workers to deliver innovation to Australia’s tech industry. There are two streams- start-up stream and established business stream

The employers who want to sponsor foreign workers will need to first provide their track record of hiring and training Australian workers.

This stream is more or less same to existing entrepreneur visa and it may have been introduced to complement the skill shortage generated after the closure of controversial 457 visa scheme.

  • Rise in Visa application fees

The visa application fees have been increased from 1 July 2018. Also, the government is hoping to generate $410 million dollars over a four-year period from 2017 to 2021.

The partner visa application has been hike from $7000 to $7160

The business innovation and investment visa premium investor stream will record the highest hike of $190. The new visa fee is $8,770, instead of $8,580.

Further, the skilled migration fees increased from existing $3670 to $37552 for primary applicant. Adult dependent and child dependent visa too has gone up from $1835 and $925 respectively to $1875 to $940. Read more here

  • Skilled Migration partner age limit lowered for Australia PR visa

The skilled migration visa program age limit has been lowered, now an applicant with a maximum age of 45 years can claim additional points in the Australia immigration point test.

The changes are applied to Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 and Australia Regional Nominated Subclass 489 from 1 July, 2018.

  • Change to employer sponsored visas

The Australian government is planning to implement the Skilled Australian Funds for employer sponsored visa categories and introducing training levy also known as Nomination Training Contribution Charge (NTCC).

The employers who want to nominate a worker will need to pay NTCC for the following visas:Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (Subclass 482) visa, which is replacing visa subclass 457; Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186) visa; and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) visa.

  • Spike expected in General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas

General Skilled Migration Visa programs is for those workers who intend to live and work in Australia for indefinite period of time to contribute towards the Australian growing economy.

There are less number of visa programs available for international students under the Employer Nominated Scheme (TSS, ENS, RSMS) and it will lead to a spike in the General skilled migration visa (subclass 189, 190 and 489)

  • Partner Visas

Australia Partner Visa applicants will have go through a two-stage process where the sponsorship application will need to be approved before the visa applicant can apply for a visa.

Although, this is a good move by immigration department to save the prospective applicants from domestic violence but it will lead to further delay in visa approvals.

  • Changes in Skilled Occupational lists

The changes in the skilled occupational lists are under review and the occupational modifications will be likely to implement in July, 2018. Some occupations will be removed, some will be added and other will shift between the occupational lists. Read more here

  • Citizenship changes

It is to be believed that Australia is soon going to be strict with its citizenship if the government succeed in passing the citizenship bill this year by introducing increased resident requirement up to four years as compared to three years and a mandatory English test.

To implement this change, the government is currently working on the details of the revised legislation, including the general residence period.

To know more about the Australia Immigration New rules and changes, it is better to consult the immigration consultancy ‘Aptech Global’ that can clear all your doubts with regards to Australia PR. Also read AptechVisa reviews to know more about us.

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