Changes to Occupation Lists – IMMI

Immigration have changed the occupations lists, and it effects applications already lodged… but why?

In law, there are different types of authority. Their is the Migration Act (Cth). This is a commonwealth piece of legislation, and requires the federal government to pass a bill for changes. WE can then go down the line to what is called an instrument. An instrument is also a federal piece of legislation, but it does not require a bill for it to be changed. Instead, a federal minister can update and change these bills as he or she wishes.

This is what has happened to the occupation lists. While a 457 visa refers to an instrument, it is this instrument that has been changed on short notice, and is retrospective. This means that it affects past applications already lodged, but not yet granted.

While it is unfair, it seems that this is indeed lawful. As an employee, or an employer, you now have the task of identifying new avenues available to obtain, or keep your visa in Australia. For occupations, you will find that their are analagous/similar occupations on the list.

We are able to brainstorm your options. You can contact us on 07 55 38 3870. We look forward to working with you.

VETASSESS have priority processing from 1 August 2017

Vetassess are introducing a priority processing for general occupations beginning on 1 August 2017. This will only apply to new occupations and it appears you may need to have reasons to ask for priority, along with paying the extra fee. This is great news as it provides visa applicants and employers a fast track method and quicker result on your skills assessment. This means less time waiting on a bridging visa and more time in the queue waiting for your temporary or permanent visa.

For those looking to apply for a 190 visa you should consider the priority processing. In this way, you can enter the invitation line sooner, and before the influx of all the others that are waiting the usual 3 months for a skills assessment with VETASSESS.

Age Requirement for Visa Applications

Since the changes on 1 July 2017, there have been a number of changes to the age limits for visa applications. Below, we have outlined these age limits for some of the most popular visas.

Visitor Visa            No age limit

Student Visa          No age limit, but beware of being a genuine student

Partner Visa           No age limit.

189 Visa                  45 age limit at time of invitation

190 Visa                 45 age limit at time of invitation

457 Visa                 No age limit, but beware, you will not be able to transition to the permanent stage.

186 DE Visa          45 age limit at time of application

186 TRT Visa        50 age limit at time of application

187 DE Visa           45 age limit at time of application

187 TRT Visa        45 age limit at time of application

Visa Processing Times

How long will your visa take to process?

This is a question that is asked a lot. The primary party responsible is the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. However, you as a visa applicant and us as migration agents and lawyers are able to ensure that you are assessed quickly and efficiently.

Immigration have a standard processing timeframe for all visa applications. It is available on the following link: https://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times

Things to help improve the processing of your visa application include:

  • Uploading all documents at the time of application.
  • Upload all documents required at time of decision as well. You do not need to wait.
  • Provide an overview of the documents you have lodged. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection are humans just like the rest of us. If we can make their job easier and quicker, in turn your visa will be processed quicker.
  • Label your documents, and upload them to the correct location.
  • If you are unsure about a missing document, ask us.
  • Provide all of the documents required for your visa application. If Immigration make a request for further documents, this will delay the application by at least 28 days.
  • Follow up the the Department of Immigration only if your application falls outside the standard processing times.
  • Do not send emails concerning the status, unless it falls outside the standard processing times.