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