**UPCOMING CHANGES FROM JULY 1st**
Some key changes have been announced for Australian Migration, coming into effect from the 1st of July 2014, which visa applicants should be aware of.
1. Skills assessments will be valid for a maximum of 3 years. However, if the actual skills
assessment specifies that it expires sooner, the shorter validity period will apply. This will
affect subclasses 186, 187, 189, 190, 485 and 489.
2. NO occupations to be removed from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Great news,
especially for Accountants, who were flagged as borderline in terms of their inclusion on
the 2014-15 SOL.
3. Chefs, Bricklayers and Tilers to be added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) .
This change means that if workers in the above-mentioned occupations can reach the
required points for a Independent skilled visa, they may be applicable for Permanent
Residency, without requiring an Employer to nominate them.
It may also open a pathway for commercial cookery students in Australia to be able to apply
for a Graduate Temporary 485 visa in the Graduate work stream, if they can meet all other
4. Hydrogeologist and Exercise Physiologist to be added to the Consolidated Sponsored
Occupations List (CSOL). This applies to Employer Sponsored visas as well as state
nominated skilled visas.
5. Students must declare dependant family members in their initial student visa application, if they would like them to join them in Australia after their student visa is granted.
**This does not apply to people who became family members after lodgement of the initial student visa
– e.g. wife/husband, child.
6. The Visa Evidence Charge will more than double from the 1st of July, increasing from $70
to $150. This is the cost of having a visa label put in a passport. Visa evidencing is not
generally required anymore, as visa status can be verified electronically.
7. Beneficial changes coming to the nomination legislation relating to Employer Nominated186 and 187 applications. These policy amendments may be particularly helpful where businesses have undergone changes in the form of restructures, takeovers and sales.
Watch this space!
Although no official announcement has been made as yet, we should expect that application fees for most visa types, will increase by up to 5%.
We will also have a full report on July 1st with any added changes.