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To our valued clients

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.

Changes from July 2017

From 1 July 2017, applicants intending on lodging a subclass 186 or 187 will be required to demonstrate the following:

  • Competent English (equivalent to IELTS 6 in each band); and
  • A maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application for Direct Entry stream applicants.
    • Please note, if applying under the transition stream you are still able to apply up until the age of 50.

Changes from March 2018

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:

  • The MLTSSL will apply to all new applications from March 2018.  Additional occupations are available for eligible regional locations under the subclass 187 visa;
  • Employers must pay Australian market salary rates or the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold – whichever is higher;
  • The permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years;
  • All applicants must have at least three (3) years’ full time relevant work experience;
  • Main applicant must be under 45 at time of application; and
  • Employers will be required to contribute towards training Australian workers.

You can find whether your occupation is on the MLTSSL via 

Pending 186 and 187 visa applicants

If you have already lodged your application for a subclass 186 or 187 visa you will not be affected by the changes.

Next steps

If you feel you may be affected by these changes, please contact our office via email and we will get back to you to discuss.


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