New Visa Updates for Australia

Posted in News, Visa

As of 11 January 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA), has made some changes to various visa stipulations for those residing in the country as expatriates.

-Same-sex married couples should indicate “spouse” on their visa application forms as opposed to the previous “de facto partner”.

-Incomplete 457 visa applications may be refused after a grace period of two calendar days starting 15 January 2018.

-There is a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which is set to replace the Subclass 457 visa starting in March 2018. There are three options that apply to this visa

  • Short-term stream: Applies to employers searching for temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the short-term occupation list (STSOL) for a max of 2 years
  • Medium-term stream: Applies to employers searching for highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.
  • Labour Agreement stream: Applies to employers sourcing overseas skilled workers that fall in the restrictions of the labour agreement with the Commonwealth, that fall into the demonstrated need that the position canot be met in the Australian labour market and other visa programs do not apply.

For more information or details about these updates, please visit Peregrine Immigration.

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