Changes and updates to visa programmes
CHANGES TO SKILLED VISA PROGRAMMES
On 18 April 2017 the Government announced a number of reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programmes. Implementation of the reforms commenced on 19 April 2017 and will be completed by March 2018.
In addition to the reforms impacting the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) which have already been implemented on 19 April 2017, there are a number of further changes which will take effect on 1 July 2017. These changes will specifically impact on the following temporary and permanent skilled migration programmes:
- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
- Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – including NZ pathway
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
For information about these reforms visit the Department of Home Affairs 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 on the Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs website.