Australian Immigration

Over the past 4 weeks there have been several announcements which will have a significant impact on Australia’s Immigration program. Although most of the proposed changes require legislative change, some changes have already been made.

The 2017-18 Budget was handed down by the Australian Federal Government on 10 May 2017. The following are key elements impacting the immigration program, as well as other recently announced changes.

This Immigration update provides a summary of the key changes already introduced or changes to be introduced on or behalf March 2018. Future updates will address these changes in more detail.

Eligible Skilled Occupation lists revised

On 19 April 2017, the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List ( CSOL ) was replaced with two new lists being a Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List ( MLTSSL ) and a Short term skilled Occupation List ( STSOL). Of significance is that 216 Occupations were removed from the previous Skilled Occupation Lists.

Applicants intending to apply for residence in Australia under the following visa categories must have an occupation on one of these lists as follows:

  • Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
    • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
    • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) -Family Nominated stream
    • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream
  • Short term skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
    • Employer Nominated (subclass 186) Direct Entry Stream
    • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
    • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) -State or Territory Nominated
    • Temporary Work (skilled) visa (subclass 457) Until March 2018
    • Training visa (subclass 407