Changes to Permanent Employer Sponsored & General Skilled Migration Visas

Changes to Permanent Employer Sponsored & General Skilled Migration Visas


There have also been changes to the ENS (Subclass 186), RSMS (Subclass 187) and General Skilled Migration visas as follows:

  • Raising English language requirements to "competent" level (IELTS 6), consistent with TRT and Direct Entry requirements
  • Upper age limit of 45 for Direct Entry applicants. ENS (Direct Entry) will also be affected by the skilled occupation lists amendments;
  • Occupations will be limited to those on the relevant Skills Occupation List (grandfathering arrangements anticipated for applicants who held a 457 visa on April 18, 2017); and
  • Upper age limit for General Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) to decrease to 45.
  • From March 2018, payment of Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) Levy:

o    Costs for Permanent visas (ENS & RSMS, Subclasses 186 & 187):

§  $3,000 one-off per nominee for small business; and

§  $5,000 one-off per nominee for larger businesses i.e. defined as $10 million and over.

Disclaimer: Specific applications may vary due to a number of factors, including complexity of individual cases, perceived risk factors and processing priorities. Please contact us for current information regarding a particular type of visa subclass before making an actual application. 




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