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Australia’s New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Skilled Workers

Who benefits with these reforms?

Anyone on a subclass 482 visa especially those currently on a STSOL occupation (subject to meeting all the other nomination and visa requirements for the subclass 186 TRT visa).


Australia’s migration system is set to undergo significant changes starting from November 25, 2023. These changes are aimed at providing temporary skilled workers on subclass 482 visas, with a clearer pathway to permanent residency. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through these upcoming reforms, highlighting key points and action steps.

The Path to Permanent Residency

The Australian government is implementing changes to ensure that subclass 482 visa holders have a viable route to Permanent Residency. This is primarily achieved through reforms to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) / subclass 186 Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) visa, opening up new opportunities for short-term subclass 482 visa holders.

Sponsorship Overview

Under the new regulations, all subclass 482 visa holders can be sponsored by their employers for subclass 186 TRT visas. To qualify, applicants must continue working in the occupation for which they were initially nominated on their subclass 482 visas. Sponsored visa holders become eligible for the subclass 186 TRT visa after two years (currently 3 years) of employment from their sponsorship on their subclass 482 visas. It’s important to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the subclass 186 TRT visa.

Who Can Be Nominated

Employers can nominate subclass 482 visa holders across all streams for the 186 TRT visa. This includes both short-term and Labor Agreement streams, provided that the 457 or 482 visa holder has worked for the same employer for at least two out of the last three years in their nominated occupation.

What Skilled Occupation List do you have to be on

Notably, the assessment of nominated occupations for subclass 186 TRT visa applications will no longer rely on the skilled occupation list. Previously, 482 visa holders were restricted to nominated occupations listed under the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List) with a few exceptions. The new requirement states that the nominated occupation only needs to be listed in the ANZSCO Occupations dictionary.

Age Exemption Provisions

Regional Medical Practitioners and those earning the Fair Work High Income Threshold each year (aged 45 and above), will now have access to age exemption provisions after two years instead of the previous three years.

Changes for those on STSOL Occupations

From November 25, 2023, individuals with subclass 482 visas on a Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will no longer face restrictions on submitting more than two short-term 482 visa applications onshore.


Please note that the legislation has now been passed and commences 25 November 2023. For more detailed information or to discuss these changes further, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at for a confidential consultation.

Please see and download the Government’s fact sheet here  (Opens in a new window).

The reopening of international travel and what it means for migration to Australia

The reopening of international travel and what it means for migration to Australia

When Australia belatedly reopened its border to the world – first with the return of skilled migration and international students, then to all remaining fully vaccinated visa holders including tourists, business travellers, and other visitors – it signalled not only another significant step in the national economic recovery, but also a vitally important boost to those seeking permanent migration or temporary work in the country.

The 2022-23 Migration Program

The 2022-23 Migration Program will have a planning level of 160,000 places comprising 109,900 ‘Skill’ places to fill shortages in the labour market (including those in regional Australia) – a critical, well-established stream in the permanent migration program – and 50,000 ‘Family’ places predominantly made up of Partner visas. The latter stream will provide family members from overseas with a pathway to citizenship. (Figures and information derived from the Administration of the Immigration and Citizenship Program).

Why reopening matters

Australia’s economy has been severely impacted by the border closures with the loss of billions of dollars in international tourism and education, along with country-wide skills and labour shortages – particularly in regional areas. In turn, the lack of new international students and working holiday makers has further exacerbated the challenge of securing unskilled labour for short-term and seasonal work in particular. Without skilled migrants filling gaps in the workforce, job opportunities for Australians and services provided to local communities have suffered.

Reopening the border can and will steer us back in the right direction. And crucially it will also deliver the opportunities migration applicants have been crying out for over the past two years.

What reopening means

What will the reopening of international travel mean to different cohorts of migrants and visitors to Australia? As always that will depend on individual circumstances, but the message is clear: migration is finally back on the agenda.

Skilled permanent migration applicants

The nation’s doors are well and truly back open to foreign workers – especially in areas of skills shortages such as healthcare and childcare. Australia should be aiming to welcome up to 200,000 skilled permanent migrants per year, according to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). Skilled migration applicants should prioritise their readiness to lodge a compliant application – even more so given the inevitable competition for places.

Meanwhile, from 1 July 2022, existing Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa holders in the short-term stream will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa. To be eligible to apply as a short-term stream TSS visa holder, applicants must have been in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 for at least one year. This arrangement also applies to subclass 457 visa holders with an occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), where those who held a 457 visa at specific dates have the advantage of applying, even if over 45 years of age (some cohorts can even be over 50, subject to meeting certain conditions). The Department states in their recent March ’22 newsletter that this pathway will be accessible for two years from its commencement on 1 July 2022. However, this legislation has a ‘sunset clause’ of 1 Apr 2032, which means it’s set to remain in place for at least ten years. This will be clarified at a later period.

Seeking permanent residency or temporary work in Australia? Speak to a professional migration consultant specialising in helping foreigners live and work in Australia.

Contact MCA to learn more about your migration application options

Disclaimer: The information provided above is general in nature and may not apply to your specific circumstances. You should seek the relevant advice from registered agents / lawyers relating to your particular situation and circumstances.

Covid 19 impact on Australian immigration

Global Talent Visa boost for highly skilled migrants in Australia’s economic recovery

In the post-pandemic economic recovery process, Australia is competing with countries like the U.K., the U.S. and Canada for the world’s leading talent across multiple sectors considered critical to the future growth of the country. To this end, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa Program is designed to attract the most highly skilled and prominent professionals in their respective fields.

Why is this significant? In short, because a larger number of quality international applicants will in turn enable Australia to retain more international talent, thereby taking advantage of global skill sets that benefit key industries and stimulate growth. This potential is particularly important given the existing constraints on skilled migration.

What is the Global Talent Independent Visa Program?

The GTI Visa Program, also known as the Global Talent Visa Program, is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. There are 15,000 places available for the GTI Visa Program for the 2020-2021 financial year.

The program covers a number of future-focused fields. To be eligible for the program under the Global Talent visa Program, applicants must be highly skilled and internationally recognised in one of the following target sectors:

  • Resources
  • Agricultural technology (AgTech)
  • Energy
  • Health industry
  • Defence, advanced manufacturing & space
  • Circular economy
  • Digital technology (DigiTech)
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Financial services & financial technology (FinTech)
  • Education
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Global Talent visa Program

Global Talent Visa benefits

For the best skilled candidates seeking to migrate to Australia, the GTI Visa Program represents a unique opportunity to be recognised and have their visa application prioritised and approved with unprecedented efficiency – not to mention earn a premium salary once actually working in Australia. And crucially, successful candidates can obtain fast-tracked permanent residence.

The GTI Visa Program provides numerous benefits and opportunities, including:

  • Priority processing of the visa
  • No age limit for applicants, however those under 18 or over 55 years of age must show that they would provide an exceptional benefit to Australia
  • No requirement for an Australian employer to provide sponsorship with a job
  • It is not a point-tested visa
  • Candidates do not need exceptional English skills
  • Candidates can be residing in Australia or offshore when applying
  • The visa allows successful candidates to stay in Australia permanently
  • Visa holders can live and work anywhere in Australia indefinitely

GTI Visa Program eligibility

Candidates must demonstrate an exceptional track record of professional achievement – which may include senior roles,  patents, professional awards, and international publications and memberships – and provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia in their area of expertise. Applicants need to be endorsed by a nominator with a national reputation in the same field, such as an employer, industry colleague, academic colleague, or even an industry body. In addition, candidates must demonstrate their ability to earn above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) in Australia, which is currently AU$153,600 per annum.

Before applying for a Distinguished Talent visa, candidates need to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration under the Global Talent Independent Visa Program. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be provided with a unique identifier number (UIN) for priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application.

If you believe you might be eligible for this visa, or you want to know more about the GTI Visa Program, it’s prudent to speak to experienced migration consultants.

Contact MCA to learn more about your visa options

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COVID-19 and its impact on Australian migration

It’s fair to say the COVID-19 crisis has seriously impacted the Australian migration industry, with many applicants struggling to have their visa processed. But as the country’s post-pandemic recovery continues, there is renewed hope on the horizon for international workers.

On 20 March, 2020, Australia closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents in response to the COVID-19 crisis. From that day on, the departure of all temporary visa holders combined with tight travel restrictions has caused a significant drop in net migration to Australia. As a result, critical skills shortages are being experienced across numerous industries, including those in regional areas.

Industries like farming and agriculture are suffering from a lack of affordable labour typically provided by migrants on working holiday visas. With working holiday-makers from the U.K., Europe, Canada and the U.S. no longer arriving in droves – and no longer here to perform jobs like fruit picking – Australian farmers are forced to either pay unsustainably high wages to local workers, or alternatively consider whether to stop growing certain varieties of fruit altogether.

It’s a similar story for the nation’s education providers including universities, colleges, TAFE and other private institutions. The service of education traditionally represents one of Australia’s major product/service exports, but amidst international border closures the sector has decreased considerably as many overseas students understandably look elsewhere to study.

Australia’s economic rebound

Yet despite the initial projections of doom and gloom, and the challenges that remain, Australia’s response to COVID-19 has proved to be one of the most successful in the world. The country’s high-quality health system has been effective and the economy is rebounding relatively well from those damaging early blows. In February, Australia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 per cent from 6.3 per cent the previous month, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Now more than ever, Australia needs international workers to help the economy rebound from such a challenging period. And there is reason for optimism. Australia’s Migration Program, which aims to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes, has set a ceiling of 160,000 total places available for 2020-21. This includes the Skill stream, which is designed to improve the productivity of the economy and fill the skill shortages in Australia’s labour market, including those in regional Australia. Recently the Joint Standing Committee on Migration – tasked with reviewing the Skilled Migration Program – proposed to “streamline” rules to make it easier for Australian businesses to hire workers from overseas. This could lead to more positive outcomes for skilled migration applicants.

Travel exemptions can also be provided for non-citizens delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery (e.g. financial technology, large scale manufacturing, or film and television production) where no Australian worker is available; or for those with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services (e.g. in medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, and food production).

A change of outlook for a brighter future

So where to now for migration in Australia? For a start, it’s imperative to restore confidence in Australia as a desirable destination for migrant workers. A post-pandemic change of outlook can help fast-track this transition. Thankfully, many doubters are belatedly recognising the value of international workers – whom rather than ‘taking the jobs of Australians’ as often claimed, can in fact be key contributors to the local economy.

Where we once failed to fully appreciate that highly qualified migrants help cover the gap of skill shortages, now we must incentivise these international workers to apply for skilled visas. And where we once took fruit pickers from overseas for granted, now we must acknowledge the vast amount of work they do supporting farmers across the country.

Recent policies suggest we’re moving in the right direction. For example, the Global Talent – Independent (GTI) program, which is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top of specific key sectors to Australia, allocated 15,000 places for the 2020/21 migration program year – up from 5,000 positions allocated the previous year.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel and migrants have a part to play in digging Australia back to familiar ground or above. As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts provide hope for a return to life as we knew it, moving forward an injection of international workers to fill both skilled and unskilled positions will be equally vital to the national recovery.

Foreigners can once again aim to be accepted into Australia to live and work. For applicants this exciting process begins by speaking to experienced migration consultants.

Contact MCA to learn more about your visa options

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The return of migrant workers: preparing now for Australia’s post-pandemic priority

Among the ongoing debate and discussion over COVID-19 policies and restrictions around the country, one major issue appears to be gathering the attention it deserves – the critical role skilled migrant workers must play in the future rebuild of Australia’s economy.

It’s not a question of whether Australia wants foreign workers to return in the same numbers. It’s a question of how seriously Australia needs foreign workers to return in the same numbers or even greater. Put simply, the nation cannot afford the alternative.

Economic impact of a fall in migration

Let’s dig a little deeper. Realistically, international border closures could remain in place for many months. Australia’s migration program is expected to drop dramatically over the next year. In a recent article in The Australian, political reporter Olivia Caisley states, ”With international border closures expected to be in place for at least another three to four months, the government expects net migration to fall to 36,000 in 2020-21, the lowest number in 40 years.

If migration numbers were to remain at such a reduced level over an extended period, it could significantly and adversely impact our economic ‘bounce back’ potential in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Many economists agree that migrant workers contribute enormously to Australia’s overall economic growth, which in turn leads to a net increase in the new jobs available to local workers as well. In other words, the migration cycle benefits everyone equally.

In the same article, Caisley quotes Deloitte economist Chris Richardson, who recently stated: “Reducing migration numbers would be bad economics”, while “it was wrong to suggest more foreign workers would keep Australians out of work.” She further quotes Richardson’s assertion that, “When our migration rates were highest, we actually had our lowest unemployment rates.” Later in that article, she again quotes Richardson: “The smart response would be to get young skilled migrants coming to Australia to help raise living standards here, as well as those of the new arrivals.

It will therefore be imperative for the nation to reopen its borders to foreign workers, especially in areas of skills shortages such as healthcare and childcare. The ‘skilled’ stream accounts for around 60 per cent of Australia’s permanent migration program. Australia’s “world-leading” response to COVID-19 also makes this country a valuable global asset and puts us firmly on the map of desirable locations for skilled international workers.


A proactive approach to future migration

If we assume that Australia’s foreign worker policies will eventually need to return to something resembling a normal, pre-pandemic status, it would be wise for future migration applicants to be waiting at the front of the queue. Being proactive now could make all the difference later. Once the doors open, skilled migration applicants will need to be ready and able to lodge a compliant application. This is especially true given the inevitable competition for places to come. Further exciting opportunities, including the possibility to take skills to one of Australia’s highly liveable regional locations through the new regional visa pathways, could also be worth exploring.

In addition, the future process of economic recovery should also generate other new opportunities to work for an approved sponsor in a nominated occupation. Regardless of a concerning unemployment rate, the reality is that skills shortages continue to exist and certain industries still struggle to find sufficiently qualified and experienced people for particular roles. Our experience has shown that local organisations are, and will be, prepared to sponsor highly skilled foreign workers who match their specific needs.

Therefore, for many highly skilled applicants, outside of skilled migration, finding suitable sponsored employment can also provide a good chance of obtaining a temporary work visa and take a huge step towards their permanent residency.

How should an applicant prepare in advance for when Australia begins to prioritise the return of migrant workers? The first step involves speaking to experienced migration consultants who specialise in helping foreigners live and work in Australia.

Contact MCA to learn more about your visa options

Grandfathering provisions 

Affects 457 visa holders, that have had their occupations taken off the list, or now on the STSOL, or over 45 but under 50.

Grandfathering provisions relating to March 2018 were clarified in the  457-reforms- December 2017 newsletter.

The following Transitional arrangements were put in place in March 2018:

Subclass 457 holders as of 18 April 2017, and anyone having applied before that date but granted thereafter, can apply for the subclass 186 and 187 Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT) Stream.

These applicants will be able to apply currently, and after March 2018, even if their occupation is not on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), provided that:

  •     they are under 50 years; and
  •     have worked for at least two out of the three years prior to a 186 nomination in the same position, in their occupation, for their employer on a subclass 457 visa.

Applicants will however still be required to meet additional subclass 186 and subclass 187 eligibility criteria in place at that time of application.

NOTE: The above applies, even if their occupation has been removed from the relevant occupation list or their occupation is on the Short-Term Skills List (STSOL)!

Eligible overseas workers will need to lodge their sponsored permanent visa 186/7 application by March 2022.
Access to these transitional arrangements by an overseas worker is not dependent on continuing to hold the same subclass 457 visa or working for the same employer.
The overseas worker can have since been granted subsequent subclass 457/482 visa(s) and been re-nominated by a different employer.

The New Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa

The new TSS visa will replace the subclass 457 visa from March 2018. The TSS visa will have two distinct streams, a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years.

Eligibility criteria:

  •    occupation lists;
  •    onshore renewals;
  •    minimum English language levels;
  •    market rate min salary not less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT);
  •    at least two years’ relevant work experience;
  •    mandatory labour market testing (with exemptions);
  •    mandatory criminal history checks;
  •    a requirement to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund; and
  •    a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers.

How will employers sponsoring skilled workers contribute to training Australian workers?

From March 2018, employers nominating workers for the TSS visa, the subclass 186 or 187 visas, will contribute to the training of Australians through a Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy.

The levy will be payable in full at the time the worker is nominated, and will depend on the size of the business.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any of the above and believe you meet the grandfathering provisions and are eligible to apply for a subclass 186 or 187 visa.



Understanding how the various everyday Australian systems work is difficult and settling into a home, especially if you plan to buy, can be a daunting process.

To purchase a home in Australia you must follow quite a structured process and one of the most complicated (and often very stressful) parts of this process can be organising your finance. It important to speak to a mortgage broker that intrinsically understands the unique set of challenges a migrant goes through when setting up a new home.

The right loan amount – how much should I borrow?

‘How much can I borrow?’  Is one question just about every client thinks to ask!

But it’s not the right question. A better one is ‘How much should I borrow?’ And this is where a good broker can be of most help – to ensure you understand the right loan amount for your individual needs.

The risk in choosing the wrong loan amount

It’s a scenario that plays out all too often – people overextending on a purchase with a ‘buy now and worry about the consequences later’ mentality. It causes a great amount of financial pressure and stress; all of it unnecessary.

While banks have measures in place to avoid borrowers overextending, they’re still in the business of making money … by lending it to you!

A suitable home loan is measured by the balance between:

  1. Being able to purchase a property, and
  2. Being able to comfortably meet the repayments

Steps to working out right loan amount

Loaning up to your maximum borrowing power will always be a risk if you are not familiar with your cash flow. To familiarise yourself, pick a 6 to 12 month period and review your cash flow over that time. Then realistically ask yourself these questions:

  • How much do you need to maintain the lifestyle you want?
  • Do you have a safety net of savings (a store of a few months’ worth of loan repayments in case something happens and you can’t make one or two)?
  • Will you have any major life changes in the foreseeable future (ie starting a family, changing careers)?
  • Do you have to significantly change your lifestyle to take on the loan? If so, are you up for making those sacrifices?
  • What would happen if interest rates rose by 1 or 2%?

Over-borrowing causes immense stress. You end up spending more time wondering how you’re going to pay your mortgage each month, than enjoying the beautiful property you’ve worked hard to purchase!

A good mortgage broker is indispensable in helping you determine the right loan amount for you.

Boutique Mortgage Broking business, Professional Partners was established in 2004, by business partners Sean and Craig, both migrants from South Africa, one an accountant the other an actuary. They encountered a number of challenges when adapting to life in Australia and would love to make life a little easier for others.

For an obligation free chat, you can contact them via

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TSS Sponsored Work Visa and Global Mobility

The new TSS Sponsored Work Visa and challenges for Global Mobility

Australia has a new visa for highly skilled overseas sponsored workers as well as tighter criteria for the permanent sponsored visa pathway. There are no doubt higher associated government fees. The relocation industry is also evolving and constantly responding to global shifts, new technology with the ever present cost/ budget constraints.

Companies are expanding globally as new opportunities arise with countries like Australia welcoming the introduction of innovative technology-driven products and services being rolled out seemingly moments after their launch overseas.

There is a real need to move the workforce ever more quickly and efficiently to exploit these opportunities. So how can we best navigate and assist those organisations, seeking to bring quality skilled workers to Australia in the most effective manner?

Here is what to expect in global mobility over the next two to three years:

  • The further rise of global expansion as small business harnesses technology to take their goods and services to places in a way which would hitherto have seemed impossible and with this expansion will come a greater reliance on experts who will make quick decisions possible.
  • The expectations of these younger, faster moving companies means that the relocation assistance they seek will need to be delivered seamlessly first time, and there will not be a second chance if things do not meet expectations; they will expect that the information they seek about the move is correct, comprehensive and that those managing the move will respond at times convenient to them.
  • Companies will be looking for ways to curb costs and invest in expansion. Many cost savings over the past few years have concentrated on reducing the cost for the provision of a service to such an extent that the resulting service has left additional costs in its wake.
  • Smarter ways of reducing costs without jeopardising the quality of service will replace the low price/bad service model with all the hidden costs. Whereas previously relocatees would arrive at their destination, spend time in short term accommodation and have a full blown home and school search service, destination service provides are already seeing an increase for singles and couples of an orientation, followed by unaccompanied services home search service, thus reducing costs and time in short-term accommodation.
  • Information apps such as ‘Applocation Australia’, supplement the relocation experience allowing relocatees to access information anywhere on their phones. Cookie cutter relocations will be replaced by relocations allowing for greater flexibility and tailored solutions within a given budget. The value of expertise in assisting relocatees to save time better spent on work matters, is becoming more important as key staff demand high touch personalised support and shrinking global mobility teams, seek reliable experts to alleviate their work load.
  • A shift in thinking around moving personal items and the rise of moves where there is very little furniture and white goods being moved and items are being bought online pre-arrival. Companies are realising that to move goods from origin city to destination and back again, three years later does not make sense particularly for singles and couples, who are not emotionally attached to their furniture. Where surveys are required, the uptake of an app to video, of what needs to be moved, avoiding the time of a surveyor and allowing the person moving, to do the survey at a time suitable to them, is becoming increasingly welcome.
  • Insurance for moved goods is increasingly sourced online rather than always through the removalists.

These are exciting times and as technology advances are changing many industries, into the future the one unchanging thing is the value of expertise, of heeding the advice of your trusted relocation specialists – Elite Executive Services and Migration Consultants Australia, experienced migration consultants. Contact our respective offices for a confidential meeting.

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Navigating the upcoming TSS Visa immigration changes

Navigating around the upcoming TSS Visa immigration changes to sponsored overseas workers

The New Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa will replace the subclass 457 visa from March 2018.

The TSS visa will have two distinct streams:

  • A Short-Term stream of up to two years for occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation
    List (STSOL) and
  • A Medium-Term stream for occupations on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
    (MLTSSL) for up to four years.

You must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if it cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

You can be in or outside Australia, when you lodge your application.

What eligibility criteria will underpin the TSS visa?

Both streams of the TSS visa will be underpinned by eligibility criteria including:

  • Be listed on one of the two occupations lists;
  • Onshore renewals under certain conditions;
  • Minimum English language levels;
  • The Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) to be introduced, with all calculations based on guaranteed earnings;
  • Guaranteed earnings must not be less than the AMSR or Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT);
  • At least two years’ relevant work experience;
  • Mandatory labour market testing (with few exemptions and subject to the passing of the necessary legislation);
  • Mandatory skills assessments for specific occupations;
  • Mandatory criminal history checks;
  • A requirement to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund; and
  • A non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers.

How much will the TSS visa Cost?

  • Visa Application Charges TSS visa
    – Short-Term stream
  • Primary Applicant – $1,150
    Adult Dependent – $1,150
    Child Dependent – $290
  • Visa Application Charges TSS visa
    – Medium/Long-Term stream
  • Primary Applicant – $2,400
    Adult Dependent – $2,400
    Child Dependent – $600

In addition, the organisation’s TSS sponsorship filing fee will be $420 and nomination filing fee $330. Employers nominating workers for the TSS visa from March 2018 will contribute to the training of Australians through a Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy.
The levy will be payable in full at the time the worker is nominated, and will depend on the size of the business:

(The training levy is also subject to the passing of the necessary legislation)

-Businesses with annual turnover of less than $10 million, are to pay $1200 per year or part thereof;
-Businesses with annual turnover of $10 million or more, are to pay $1800 per year or part thereof.

Looking at two scenarios –
A. a family of four, for a 4 year temporary work visa, in an occupation on the MLTSSL (T/over $10mil and over); and
B. a single applicant on a STSOL for 24 months (T/over under $10mil),

The fees and levies can quantify from $4,300.00 to over $13,000.00.

Those organisations who are already 457 sponsors or those who are thinking of sponsoring foreign skilled workers into the future, should immediately begin to plan ahead and contact our office to discuss the changes.
Over the past 15 years, we have always maintained a very high success rate and can assist you in navigating around the upcoming challenges.

Citizenship Update

Following the removal of the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, the Minister plans to reintroduce an amended version of the Bill, with a proposed introduction date of 1 July 2018.

The English language test will be amended to a ‘modest’ level of English.

Applications made before 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation), will be assessed against the current eligibility criteria.

Applications made on or after 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation), will be assessed against the new eligibility criteria.

1 July 2018 proposed amendments, subject to the passing of legislation, include:

  • increasing the general residence requirement, which means applicants for Australian citizenship will  need to have a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship with no more than one year spent outside Australia during that period.
  • completing a separate English language test, where applicants will need to demonstrate English  language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the modest level before applying for  citizenship by conferral.
  • strengthening the Australian values statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and requiring applicants to undertake to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community.
  • strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.
  • a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community.
  • strengthening the pledge to refer to allegiance to Australia, and extending the requirement to make the pledge to applicants aged 16 years and over for all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

Please contact us if you believe you meet the present criteria in order to apply ASAP before the new changes become law.