DIBP has made number of changes as of 1st of July 2017. The details of changes are as below.
- Increase in Visa Application Charges.
Most of the visa application has a slight increase in their application fee. A new list of increased charges can be found on our previous post on news section. The direct link is http://visahubaustralia.com/increase-in-visa-application-charge/
- Changes in occupation list on both STSOL and MLTSSL
Previously removed occupation that has come on STSOL list are
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
212111 Artisitc Director
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC
313199 ICT Support Technicians NEC
231114 Helicoptor Pilot
211212 Music Director
211299 Music Profesionals NEC
254212 Nurse Researcher
133512 Production Manager
132511 Research and Development Manager
639211 Retail Buyer
261212 Web Developer
Previously removed occupations that has come on MLTSSL Lists are
234212 Food Technologist
361112 Horse Trainer
234511 Life Scientist(General)
234599 Life Scientists NEC
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC
233612 Petroleum Engineer
Visa applicants for ENS and RSMS (DE) stream must be younger than 45 years of age. This appies to visa lodged on of after 1st July 2017. Agre requirement for TRT stream visa applicatns will remain at less than 50 years of age util 1st March 2018 and than will become 45 as standard higher upper age limit.
- English Language requirement
Applications for ENS/RSMS under TRT stream lodged on or after 1st of July will require minimum of IELTS of each band 6 or equivalent. There is not higher salary exemption available.
You do not need to show IELTS each band 6 if you are applying through TRT stream and you have completed at least 5 years of full time study in a secondary or higher secondary institution and delivered in English.
In Line with the announcement, from 1st July 2017, passport holders from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan applying for a subclass 457 visa or permanent skilled migration in the occupation of Chef and Cook must have their skills assessed through the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).