Immigration Update: Australia
Australian Budget Changes
10 May 2017
The 2017-18 Budget was handed down by the Australian Federal Government on 10 May 2017. The following are key elements impacting the immigration program, as well as other recently announced changes.
From 1 July, 2017 – Visa Application Fees
On 1st July 2017 indexation of visa application charges will occur. All current visa application charges will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI).
From March 2018 – Employer sponsored temporary visas
From March 2018 the Subclass 457 visa will be abolished and replaced by the dual stream Temporary Skills Shortage visa. This visa will have either a two year or four year visa period, depending on which list the occupation appears. Visa application charges for the short-term (two year) stream will increase from $1060 to $1150, while medium-term (four year) applications will cost $2400.
From March 2018 – Training Benchmarks – Skilling Australians Fund Levy
This levy will replace the current training benchmarks for employers sponsoring workers on Subclass 457 and permanent Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 visas.
From March 2018 businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year will be required to:
- Make an upfront payment of $1,200 per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa
- Make a one-off payment of $3,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.
Businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year will be required to:
- Make an upfront payment of $1,800 per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa
- Make a one-off payment of $5,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.
The Australian Citizenship reforms will be introduced through legislation into Parliament by the end of 2017 and will apply to applications received on or after the Government’s announcement on 20 April 2017.
Under the new requirements applicants must demonstrate a minimum of four year’s permanent residence in Australia and may need to take an English test. Applicants must also demonstrate their integration into the Australian community by providing documentation such as work, education or other contribution to the community.
From November 2017 – Temporary Sponsored Parent visa
The new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will be introduced in November 2017. This visa will allow the temporary stay of sponsored parents in Australia for periods of up to three or five years. The visa may be renewed from outside Australia to allow a cumulative stay of up to ten years.
Temporary Sponsored Parent visa holders will not be eligible to apply onshore for a permanent parent visa. The visa holder’s sponsor (their Australian child) will have legal liability for any public health expenditure (including aged care arrangements) incurred by the visa holder in Australia.
For further information or assistance please contact:
Immigration Manager – Australia
Registered Migration Agent No. 0742398
Tel : + 61 2 9262 4477
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Consultant – Australia
Registered Migration Agent No. 1066328
Tel : +61 3 9554 7393
Email : email@example.com
Head of Immigration Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Group, Singapore
Tel : +65 6398 3520 / +65 9169 6061
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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