You may have heard the recent announcement by the Federal Government in April regarding the 457 being abolished. These changes have also impacted the Employer Nomination Scheme visa subclass 186 and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme subclass 187.
From 19 April 2017, the immediate changes that took effect was the removal of 216 occupations from the occupation list and the introduction of 2 new occupation lists now known as the Medium Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – these changes affected any new and pending 457 applications not already decided from that date.
From 1 July 2017, applicants intending on lodging a subclass 186 or 187 will be required to demonstrate the following:
Significant changes to the subclass 186 and 187 visas will apply from March 2018.
Applicants intending on lodging a subclass 186 or 187 will be required to demonstrate the following:
You can find whether your occupation is on the MLTSSL via https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
If you have already lodged your application for a subclass 186 or 187 visa you will not be affected by the changes.
If you feel you may be affected by these changes, please contact our office via email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you to discuss.