Over the past 12 months there have been significant changes made to Australia’s skilled / employment migration program. This culminated in the termination of the 457 visa program in March 2018 and the introduction of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, subclass 482 in place of the 457 visa category. In structure, the new 482 TSS visa is the same as the old 457 visa category in that it still has 3 parts being:
The real impact of this change is in the detail and the additional requirements that have been introduced. There have also been changes made to The Employer Nomination category, subclass 186 which is the category available to sponsor employees for permanent residence. These changes are referred to later in this paper.
There are a number of transitional arrangements that have been introduced to ensure that an employee that held a 457 visa before 18 April 2017 or had lodged a 457 application prior to this date that was subsequently approved will not be affected by these changes for he next 4 years ie eligible overseas workers will need to lodge an application for permanent residence before March 2022.
The following requirements apply to applications lodged under the TSS visa category, subclass 482 after March 2018.
1. Eligible occupations
There are now 3 occupations lists, as follows:
2. Minimum English language requirements
The following tests are accepted to determine level of English language proficiency:
The test must have been completed within three years from the date of lodging a valid visa application and the required test scores outlined below must have been met.
Required test scores
The required test scores that primary applicants must meet are summarised below.
Short term stream
For the short term stream, the required results are as follows:
Medium term stream
For the medium term stream, the required results are as follows:
· IELTS overall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 5 in eachof the test components.
· OET score of at least 'B' in each of the four components
· TOEFL iBT total score of at least 35 with a score of at least 4 for each of thetest components of listening and reading, and a score of at least 14 for eachof the test components of speaking and writing
· PTE Academic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 36 ineach of the test components
· CAE overall test score of at least 154 with a score of at least 154 in each of thetest components.
Exemptions from English language proficiency
It is not required to demonstrate English language proficiency if visa applicants fall into one of the following categories of exempted persons:
3. Evidence of Market Salary
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