5 Key Immigration Changes for 1 July 2014
By Mark Webster
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
- Maximum Validity of Skills Assessments to be 3 Years
- Good News for Commercial Cookery Students and Chefs
- Occupations Added to SOL and CSOL
- Visa Evidence Charge Doubles
- Students Must Declare Dependent Family Members
1. Maximum Validity of Skills Assessments to be 3 YearsFrom 1 July, Skills Assessments will be valid for a maximum of 3 years for the following visa types:
- Skilled Independent Subclass 189
- Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
- Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489
- Graduate Temporary Subclass 485
- Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 (Direct Entry Stream)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187 (Direct Entry Stream)
- Paula has an ACS skills assessment which has an expiry date of 1 September 2014. She will not be able to use the skills assessment after 1 September 2014 as this is the expiry date given on the skills assessment.
- Jim has an ICAA skills assessment which was issued on 5 November 2011 and has an expiry date of 5 November2016 (a period of 5 years). He will not be able to use it to apply for a visa after 5 November 2014 as skills assessments are valid for a maximum of 3 years.
2. Good News for Commercial Cookery Students and ChefsWith the addition of chefs to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), this opens a new pathway for commercial cookery students in Australia. Students would now be able to apply for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work Stream. In order to qualify you would need to:
- Complete a Certificate IV or higher in a relevant field (ie commercial cookery); and
- Have at least 360 hours of relevant work experience - generally this would be a placement forming part of the Certificate IV; and
- Score a minimum of 6 in each of the 4 components of IELTS; and
- Complete your qualification in Australia over 2 academic years.
3. Occupations Added to SOL and CSOLThe following occupations will be added to the Skilled Occupations List from 1 July: CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List) which applies to employer sponsored visas (457, ENS, Occupational Trainee) as well as state nominated skilled visas (190 and 489):
4. Visa Evidence Charge DoublesThe Visa Evidence Charge will more than double from 1 July, increasing from $70 to $150. The Visa Evidence Charge is the cost of having a visa label put into your passport. Visa Evidencing is generally not required these days because Immigration can verify your status electronically. Though there is no announcement as yet, it is quite likely that application fees for most visa types will also rise by approximately 5% from 1 July 2014.
5. Students Must Declare Dependent Family MembersThe requirements to have family members join you in Australia on dependent student visas have been clarified. You do not need to include all your family members (ie spouse and children) in your initial application. However, if you would like them to join you in Australia after your student visa is granted, you MUST have declared them in your initial student visa application. Note that this does not apply to people who became family members after you lodged your initial student visa - for example if you get married or have a child after you apply.
ConclusionPlease contact us if you would like advice on your situation and how the above changes would affect you.
ReferencesDepartment of Immigration - Changes to SOL and CSOL
ComLaw - Migration Regulations Changes from 1 July 2014