Not much changes for Temporary Business visa

Since there are lots of changes in Skilled Migration scheme, I have lots of inquires in regarding to Temporary Business Visa (Long Stay) subclass 457. Although SkillSelect does play some roles in the Skilled Migrant program. It is not so much for subclass 457. Most of the requirement are about the same.

However, there is now "Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List" instead of separate SOL lists like last time. The process of transition from Business Visa (457) to PR is now change. I shall put this in separate post later.

Anyway.... long story short... anything you need to know, please consult your lawyer or registered migration agent.

SkillSelect from 1 July 2012

The new change is here.
Change is always part of the migration law, that is one thing that I love about. It needs to keep up the current situation around the world.

As mentioned in my earlier blog that from 1 July 2012 (yesterday), there are a few Skilled Migrant subclasses to be abolished. Here is our new baby; "SkillSelect".

SkillSelect allowed the applicants to put in their profile online (Expression Of Interest; EOI), then the department will check if the skills and qualification match the needs for Australia. If the department find that the applicants have skills, work experience or qualification that will benefit to Australia, only then the department to make an offer "an invitation to apply". Only after the applicant have received an "invitation to apply", then the applicants can lodge their visa application; Skilled Migrant.

EOI is FREE at the moment.

The department will keep the SkillSelect profile of the applicants for 2 years.
During these 2 years, the applicants can update their profile at anytime. That is to boost the chances of getting an "invitation to apply" from the department.

Interesting new change indeed... :)

Skilled Migration from 1 July 2012

The following visas are closed to all new applications from 1 July 2012:

  • Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175)
  • Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 475)
The following visas will be closed to all new applications from 1 January 2013:

  • Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) Visa (Subclass 886)
  • Skilled – Independent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 885)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 487)
Skilled visa options are available in SkillSelect (more information about SkillSelect coming your way)

Source: DIAC