Visas, Immigration and Citizenship
If you have the skills, Australia has the lifestyle. If you like the idea of Australia\'s climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities—take the next step and find out more about Australia's skilled working visas. Your journey starts when you submit an expression of interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect. By using SkillSelect the Australian Government could invite you to lodge a visa application or you could be nominated by an Australian or state and territory government. Find out what you need to do to complete your expression of interest through SkillSelect.
Changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) from 19 April 2017
On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
The implementation of key reforms began on 19 April 2017:
Further reforms will be implemented on 1 July 2017.
Fact sheets that provide more detail about these reforms are available at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Changes to temporary visas (subclasses 400, 401, 402 and 403) from 19 November 2016
From 19 November 2016, a number of temporary visas were closed to new applications and four new visa subclasses were introduced.
Further details about the new temporary activity visa framework are available at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Changes to Member of the Family Unit definition from 19 November 2016
The definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) has changed for applications made on and after 19 November 2016, where MoFU will now be limited to direct family members.
The change applies to permanent visa subclasses and some provisional and temporary visa subclasses. The change does not apply to refugee, humanitarian or protection visas.
Further details about the changes to MoFU arrangements are available at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Changes to Transit Visa Lodgement from 1 July 2016
Effective from 1 July 2016, all Australian Transit (subclass 771) visa applications for people living in the USA or working with USA cruise line companies will be processed in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection office in Ottawa, Canada.
To avoid delays in processing of your Transit visa application, please lodge via fax or mail to the Ottawa office:
Fax: +1 613 366 3070
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Australian High Commission
50 O'Connor Street, Suite 710
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6L2, Canada
For further information, please call the Americas Service Centre in Canada.
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