Australian Immigration Agency note that visa applications should be lodged before this critical date to ensure that the impact of the changes doesn’t affect applicants.
New reviewed occupations lists may apply for 457/TSS and skilled visas, and possibly for ENS and RSMS visas from 1 January 2018. This may also include new caveats on salary level, size of business and other restrictions on eligible positions.
Pending 457 applications which have not yet been decided may be affected by these changes.
Mrs Ruby Fowdar, CEO of Australian Immigration Agency said, “One of the benefits that migration consultants provide is to keep abreast of such changes to immigration criteria rules and to eliminate confusion in what is a complex process. Without the assistance of an immigration consultant applicants are faced with the daunting task of organising documents, filling in forms, obtaining reference letters, police clearance, etc. whilst keeping up with the ever changing immigration requirement such as is occurring on 1st January 2018.”
The migration consulting business is clearly thriving in Australia. According to the latest Migration Agent Activity Report released by OMARA, during the first half of 2017, registered migration agents lodged 54% of Business Skills visa applications, 76% of the total 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa applications and 86% of Employer Sponsored visa applications.
Industry growth & profitability generally leads to increased supply side competition and this has proven true for Migration Agents in Australia as well. The chart below highlights a staggering 43% growth of registered agents from 4,899 in 2013 to just over 7,000 in 2017.
To learn more about the Australian Immigration Agency and the new skilled occupation lists that come into force from 1st January 2018 should visit their website here: https://www.australianimmigrationagency.com
About Australian Immigration Agency MARN: 1173926
Australian Immigration Agency (AIA) comprises of a team of registered migration agents who are experts in Australian migration law. They provide professional advice to onshore and offshore applicant and personally assist with both temporary and permanent residency visa applications.
Australian Immigration Agency have office locations in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
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