Changes to occupation lists and 457 visas

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

Skilled occupation lists have changed several times this year. Certain occupations have been added, removed and re-added to several occupation lists. There is no longer one single MLTSSL or STSOL list, different lists apply for each visa subclass. For example, an occupation may appear on an MLTSSL list for one visa subclass however not for another subclass. Eg. the occupation Petroleum Engineer appears on the MLTSSL list for both the 457 and ENS186 lists however not on the Skilled visa lists. The Immigration website provides misleading information in relation to which occupation is available for which visa subclass. More than 12 occupations lists exist overall.

If we are currently processing your application, we will inform you in the case recent changes affect your application. More than ever before requirements and processes to obtain a visa have become more confusing for applicants. To ensure you obtain precise information for your specific situation based on updated migration laws please arrange a full migration assessment with one of our Immigration Specialists. Read about what a full migration assessment involves.


Employer sponsored visas – from 457 to permanent residency

– The 457 visa still exists, it will not be abolished it is simply going to change to the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018

– A number of occupations were removed for employer sponsorship however more than 200 occupations are still available to nominate for employer sponsorship

– Caveats also known as ‘additional requirements’ apply for certain occupations

– Many applicants believe that it is no longer possible to obtain PR after a 457, this is not true, the media has provided misleading information purposely, it is still possible to apply for permanent residency through your employer as more than one permanent residency option via employer sponsorship had always existed as long as you meet all requirements

– 1-3 years of work experience may be sufficient depending on your occupation

– Read more about the latest requirements for employer sponsored visas

 

Do you qualify for a visa?

More than ever before requirements and processes to obtain a visa have become more confusing for applicants. To avoid complications and to ensure you obtain precise information for your specific situation based on updated migration laws please arrange a full migration assessment with one of our Immigration Specialists. Read about what a full migration assessment involves.

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