Effective July 1st, the Australian Government has released further changes to the skilled occupation lists affecting Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas, the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa, and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 visas.
Exemptions for high-income earners (with an annual salary of at least $180,001) have been revoked. The removal of the high-salary exemption subjects these applicants to the same English-language requirements and skills assessment evaluations as any other applicant. This will affect Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 visas and nominations that have been filed under the Direct Entry Stream on or after 1 July, and all applications that had not yet had an outcome by that date.
Any Subclass 457 visa applicants whose occupation has been removed from the lists will have the opportunity to withdraw the now ineligible applications and request a refund.
Both the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), with its two year validity, and Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), with its four year validity, have also been impacted by the changes. Applicants granted a valid MLTSSL visa will have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency in Australia through the Employer Sponsored visa options coming into effect in March 2018.
The changes are outlined below:
LIST TYPES AND DESCRIPTIONS
|Removed from Occupations Lists||Equipment Hire Manager
Real Estate Agent Principal
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Agent Representative
|MLTSSL occupations that have been added||Biochemist
Butcher or Small Goods Maker
Civil Engineer Technician
Life Scientist (General)
Life Scientist (NEC)
Natural and Physical Science Professionals (NEC)
Production Manager (Mining)
Production or Plant Engineer
|STSOL occupations that have been added||Aeroplane Pilot
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Dressmaker or Tailor
ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC
ICT Support Technicians NEC
|Moved from MTSSL to STSOL||Anaesthetist
|Moved from STSOL to MLTSSL||Botanist
Chief Executive or Managing Director
Chief Information Officer
Corporate General Manager
Engineering Professional (NEC)
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientist (NEC)
ICT Security Specialist
Software and Applications Programmers (NEC)
The STSOL and MLTSSL lists are expected to be reviewed and revised every six months, with the next scheduled review and update expected on 1 January 2018.
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