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New Occupation Ceilings 2017-2018

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released the new occupation ceilings list for the 2017–18 programme year.

Occupation Ceilings refer to the limit of EOI’s that can be selected for skilled migration from a specific occupation group. These limits are applicable to Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) only and are a key element to understand why the minimum points required for an invitation may sometimes be higher than the pass mark of 60 points for certain occupations.

The below are the occupation groups with the higher values assigned:

2544 Registered Nurses: 16741
3411 Electricians: 9354
2414 Secondary School Teachers: 7910
3312 Carpenters and Joiners: 6968
2613 Software and Applications Programmers: 6202
3212 Motor Mechanics: 5980
3341 Plumbers: 5507
1331 Construction Managers: 5400
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists: 5330
2211 Accountants: 4785

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Govt announces new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa

The Government has announced enhanced temporary visa arrangement for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or ‘eligible New Zealand citizens’ which will allow their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time.

Under the new scheme, applicants could seek a three-year visa for $5,000 or a five-year visa for $10,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said, “This new visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia. There will be additional social benefits through assistance in child minding as working-age parents can return to work while their parents mind the grandchildren. This will also reduce pressure on childcare places.”

“Sponsored parents will be required to hold, and maintain, adequate health insurance from an Australian provider for the duration of their stay in Australia. Their sponsoring child will act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by their parent – or parents – whilst in Australia.”

457 visas to be abolished

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas
 
The Government announced today that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
 
The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
 
Changes to be made from 19 April 2017.

BSMQ temporarily suspends state nominations for subclasses 190 and 489.

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has announced a temporary suspension for the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclasses 190 and 489, due to having reached their DIBP allocated ceiling. 

  • applicants who have a paid, unfinalised application with BSMQ can choose either to remain in the queue OR request a refund.
  • EOIs submitted with SkillSelect that have not yet been considered, will no longer be valid. Applicants will be required to resubmit an EOI once the application process has been reopened.
  • there may also be changes made to the Queensland Skilled Occupation list. Only EOIs meeting new criteria will be considered.

Longer processing time for Partner Visas

DIBP has announced a longer wait for processing of Partner Visa applications.

Average processing time
Temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) – 12 to 18 months from lodgement.
Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) – 12 to 18 months from the date of eligibility.
 
If you require assistance with a Partner Visa application, contact us today on 0409 273 192 or complete your information in our Partner Visa Assessment Form for a free initial consultation.

BSMQ launches new website

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland has launched a shiny new website to assist people towards skilled migration to Queensland. Check out the new site here – Migration Queensland

If you require the assistance of a Registered Migration Agent to help you through the minefield of applying for a Skilled Visa, contact us today on 0409 273 192.

Visa cancellation increasing

Between the 2013–14 and 2015–16 financial years, the number of visa cancellations on character grounds increased tenfold due to the commencement of a new section of the Migration Act 1958. This Act amendment introduced new grounds for failing the character test, as well as a new mandatory cancellation provision under section 501(3A).

character cancellations/refusals

 

Contact us at QLD Immigration on 0409 273 192 with all your visa enquiries.

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