After 457 Visa Debacle, Pathways are open again for Australia Immigration and PR

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on July 19, 2017

Australia Immigration

If you are an aspirant of Australia Immigration, who got disappointed seeing strict Australia immigration policies couple of months back, here is the good news for you. Australia is once again inviting the highly skilled and talented skilled worker from overseas to apply for nomination as well as PR visa in Australia.

This news will hopefully bring the smile back on the faces of thousands of Australian visa aspirants across the world. Let’s take a look at Australia shocked and saddened most of the Aussie Visa aspirants through its immigration announcements in April 2017.

(Note: With effect from April 19, 2017, Australian Government has replaced the old Occupation lists, i.e. SOL & CSOL with new Skilled Occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) & Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The visa applicants, eligible to nominate an occupation from STSOL, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL. Hence, both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined to form a new Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations and hence, there is no separate STSOL list.)

Also Read- Hurry! Apply for Australian Skilled Visa Now- DIBP has Released the New Occupation Lists

Awful April for Australian Visa Aspirants

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made some unanticipated announcements on April 19, 2017, including the abolition of popular 457-visa program, which used to allow the temporary foreign workers to get the work permit in Australia for up to four years. Australia’s Skilled Occupation lists were also modified and renamed with the reduction of about 200 occupations.

Such announcements and implementations from Aussie government deeply sadden some of Australia immigration aspirants. And they became circumspect about their plans to move Australia and get permanent residency thereafter.

Good news again for the Aussie Visa Aspirants

However, the situation of uncertainty wasn’t to continue for long, as Australia once again indicated its long terms plans to invite skilled and talented immigrants in the country on temporary and permanent visas.

Australian federal and state governments have launched Central Skilled occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), along with several other State occupation lists, i.e. SNOL, WASMOL, etc. to invite the nomination applications from foreign skilled workers.

New Released Skilled Occupation Lists of Australia

Below are the skilled occupation lists released by Australian government and state governments in Australia in the first week of July 2017

How to proceed to Apply for Australia PR Visa?

If you want to apply for Permanent Residency Visa in Australia, you may choose the right Skilled Visa Category and subsequently nominate an occupation from the relevant Skilled Occupation list, based on your chosen visa category. Here are the key Skilled permanent Visa Categories of Australia:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa– Need to nominate an occupation from Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa- Need to nominate an occupation from Combined List of Eligible Occupations or from State Occupation list (In case planning to move to a particular Australian State).


Also Read- Immigration South Australia to Release its Updated State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) on July 4, 2017

Get valuable advice and Assistance from MARA registered Australia Migration Agents

In view of several Australia immigration changes announced in last few months, its wise to take, advice and assistance from a MARA registered Australia migration Agent to apply for PR visa in Australia.

You may send your immigration queries and details to to get the response from certified and registered Australia migration agents at Visas Avenue Immigration – the top and registered Australian Visa and Immigration Consultancy Service in India.

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.

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Key Features of New Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Program Replacing 457 visa?

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on April 22, 2017

TSS For Australia

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull has announced to abolish the 457 Visa programs that allow the foreign skilled workers to get 4 years work visa in Australia. This visa is largely popular in the countries like India, China, and UK, etc. The abolition of this visa has raised many questions from applicants and other individuals and entities associated with the program.

The government has announced that it will introduce two new visa categories under Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Program as a replacement of 457 Visa Program. However, not many people know about this program and the new features it will bring. So, let’s get more insight on the new TSS Visa program.

New TSS Visa Program

The new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Program will replace the existing 457 visa program. This particular visa program includes two key work visa streams, i.e.

  • Short term stream for up to 2 years
  • Medium Term stream for up to 4 years

These two streams of TSS Visa programs will have two key objectives, i.e. firstly, to help employers combat the skill shortage issues and secondly, ensure the prioritization of Australian workers.

Also Read- Australia put an end to 457 Visa Program for Temporary Foreign Workers- 2 new programs will replace 457

Key features of Latest TSS Visa Program

The key changes in the immigration system and programs from the government aim to foster new reforms to the temporary and permanent skilled migration programs of Australia. Here are the key features of the reforms being introduced by the government.

New requirements of Temporary skill shortage visa 

  • Updated occupations lists more targeted and directed towards skill needs in the country
  • 2 years’ work experience requirement from visa applicants in their skilled occupation
  • Well defined minimum Salary rate, so that overseas workers can’t be hired just for low-cost skills available
  • Only one onshore visa renewal under the Short-Term stream
  • under the Medium-Term stream, visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after 3 years the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years

Tighter eligibility requirements for employer-sponsored permanent skilled visas

  • Constrict English language requirements
  • The visa applicants require having at least 3 years’ work experience
  • Need to be under maximum age requirement of 45 when making application
  • Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold1.
  • Reducing the occupation lists used for Skilled Migration Programs, i.e. 457 visa program with effect from April 19, 2017

Confused about your Visa option after key changes in 457 Visa?

If you are not sure about which visa you must apply post the crucial changes in 457 visa program, you may coordinate with reliable immigration consultants in Mumbai for Australia to get inclusive update and assistance for immigration to Australia. A trusted Visa consultancy firm with its years of experience and expertise guides you the perfect way to apply for a relevant skilled PR visa in Australia.

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