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Australia TSS Visa Nomination Requirements

Australia TSS Visa has implemented several changes to the nomination requirements. Below are some of the most important changes:

• The Australia TSS Visa is just accessible for positions of full time in nature. The 457 visas were available also for part-time positions.

• The period of nomination must be clearly specified in the application and this must be precisely one, two, three, or four years. This is to assist in the payment of the levy for training. The levy is based on the numbers of years the TSS Visa holders work in Australia, as quoted by the ACACIA AU.

• The rules for the TSS visa clearly specify that the nomination fees must be paid by the sponsor. This will be crucial when the training levy is launched. Earlier, it was not clear whether the employee could pay costs for the nomination of a 457 visa.

• The occupation being present on the approved list was a requirement for the time of decision for the nomination and visa for 457 streams. Thus the change of lists during processing was of disadvantage to the applicants. This is a requirement for the time of application for the TSS visa.

The Standard Business Sponsorship that is obtained after 18 March 2018 will have 5-year validity in the majority of the cases. Earlier, the validity was for a lesser time period in case of start-ups.

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LMT requirements and fees for Australia TSS Visa

Labor Market Testing for Australia TSS Visa mandates the employer to demonstrate that it is not possible to hire a local worker prior to sponsoring the visa. Normally this requires offering proof that the job position was advertised and no appropriate candidates were accessible.

Australia TSS Visa mandates Labour Market Testing for the majority of the professions and sectors. The key exemption is a situation where global trade obligations are applicable, as quoted by the ACACIA AU. LMT must be held in the job position within 1 year to cater to the TSS requirements. From June 18, 2018, the LMT must be held within 6 months prior to submitting the application for visa sponsoring.

The Australia TSS Visa fee is variable depending upon the stream that is being applied for:

• Stream Short Term: 1, 150 $

• Stream Medium Term: 2, 400 $

• Stream Labor Agreement: 2, 400 $

The visa application fee for the Australia 457 visa was 1, 080 $. Thus, this is an increase in the visa application fee. At this stage, there are no increases in the application fees for sponsorship or nomination. It has also been announced by the Government of Australia that a levy for Training will also be applicable for the TSS nominations. The concerned bill is yet to be passed.

However, it is likely that the below amounts will be applicable:

• Large firms with a turnover of 10 million $ plus: 1, 800 $ annually of the visa validity

• Smaller firms: 1, 200 $ annually

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Assessment of MSR for Australia TSS Visa

The assessment of Market Salary Rate MSR for Australia TSS Visa is quite different in details and terminologies when compared with the MSR for 457 visas. But, it will have a similar overall impact for the majority of the Australian employers.

It has been estimated the minimum pay a will be continued to be outlined for select jobs through caveat of the list for skilled occupations. Below is the MSR assessment method for Australia TSS Visa:

• The applicant’s salary must be minimum 250, 000 $

• The yearly MSR for the job must be a minimum threshold of the provisional skilled immigration income TSMIT, which is the same at 53, 900 $

• The earnings of the nominee must be minimum yearly MSR

• The earnings of the nominee must also be minimum TSMIT

Benefits that are non-monetary in nature are not included in the above calculations except when the Minister considers that it is rational to include them. For example, when an allowance for accommodation is offered and is required owing to a remote location for the job, as quoted by the ACACIA AU.

The application for the TSS Visa can be refused by the Minister. This is when there is information that job conditions for the TSS applicant are less positive when applied to an Australian. The details of the Australia TSS visa are diverse in many ways when compared with the 457 visa, though both may appear similar in concept.

The latest changes are in furtherance of the efforts by the Department Home Affairs in Australia to enhance the reliability of the Employer Sponsorship Program.

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Australia TSS Visa: Fees & Tax levies

Australia TSS Visa

The Subclass 457 Australia visa is abolished now and replaced with the new Australia TSS Visa – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This will also see a hike in the fee for visas. Apart from this, a new levy for training fund will also be imposed. The levy will go towards the Skilling Australians Funds of the Government of Australia worth 1.5 billion $.

Below are the details of the revised fee for the Australia TSS Visa with effect from March 2018:

TSS Visa Short-Term stream

  • Principal Applicant – 1,150 USD
  • Adult Dependent – 1,150 USD
  • Child Dependent – 290 USD

TSS Visa Medium-Term stream

  • Principal Applicant – 2,400 USD
  • Adult Dependent – 2,400 USD

The new overseas worker visa tariff announced by the Government of Australia is also scheduled to be implemented from March itself. The tariff levy will have to be paid in up-front to the DHA for the total of years of the visa validity, as quoted by the Australian. The cost of the tariff will be calculated on per person basis annually including:

Temporary Visa Levy

  • Firms with a yearly revenue less than 10 million USD – 1,200
  • Firms with a yearly revenue more than 10 million – 1,800

Permanent Visa Levy

  • Firms with a yearly revenue lesser than 10 million USD – 3,000 USD
  • Firms with a yearly revenue larger than 10 million USD- 5,000 USD

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Timeline of Aust.TSS Visas: April 2017 – March 2018

The Government of Australia had announced on April 18, 2017 that the Subclass Skilled 457 Visas will be eliminated. These will be replaced with the new Australia TSS Visa from this month i.e. March 2018. Below is the timeline of how this transition was scheduled:

April 2017: The occupation lists were significantly condensed that were utilized for skilled immigration visas that include the 457 visas as well.

January 2018: Additional reforms were made effective to the lists of occupations utilized for skilled immigration vias inclusive of Subclass 457 and 407 visas.

March 2018: The Australia TSS Visas have been launched that have new requirements. These are the following new requirements that include but not restricted to:

  • Visa applicants must possess minimum 2 years of work experience in their respective skilled jobs
  • Compulsory testing for labor market excluding international trade obligations
  • Possibilityof just 1 onshore visa renewal through the stream for Short-term
  • Optionof onshore visa renewal and Australia PR eligibility after 3 years under the stream Medium-Term
  • A non-partisan workforce assessment to ensure that employers do not discriminate against local workers
  • The changes for permanent skilled visas sponsored by employers are as below but not limited to:
  • Stringent requirements for Englishlanguage
  • Applicants to possess at least 3 years of work experience
  • They must be below 45 years of age excluding cases of exemptions, as quoted by the Home Affairs Gov AU
  • Employers must offer salary on par with rates in the Australian market and satisfy the Threshold for Provisional Skilled Immigration Income

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DHA updates RMAs regarding incomplete applications

Department of Home Affairs in Australia has updated Registered Migration Agents – RMAs regarding incomplete applications for 457 visas. The processing network for Subclass 457 visas is now implementing a changed approach for management of incomplete applications. This is with the aim to decrease processing times for applications that are complete, as quoted by the Home Affairs Gov AU.

The new arrangements for managing incomplete applications for 457 visas are effective from January 2018. This will include refusal of applications that are assessed as not adhering to legislative conditions in the preliminary stages of assessment.

It is apart from genuineness. This will be applicable for applications that lack necessary supporting evidence wherein:

• Obligations for natural justice are not applicable

• More than 2 calendar days have passed after the application was lodged

The above conditions will have certain case exceptions such as pending documentation for character and health. It will also exclude an associated application that needs the first finalization and is pending. An example for this can be an application for nomination and the sponsorship application for it is pending.

The exceptions to the new regulations for incomplete applications for 457 visas will also include a satisfactory and reasonable explanation being attached to the application in its Immi Account. This must outline reasons for incomplete application by the applicant or their Registered Migration Agents – RMAs on their behalf.

The agents must also not have a history of lodging incomplete visa applications.

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DHA updates Australia jobs list for South Africans

Australia job list for South Africans has been updated by the Department of Home Affairs. This is the list of jobs to which skilled nationals of South Africa can apply when they seek to immigrate to Australia.

The Australia jobs list for South Africans has been divided into two categories. This falls under either Skilled Occupation List for Short-Term or Strategic Skills list for Medium and Long-Term.

Nomination of an occupation from the MLTSSL is necessary for skilled immigration to Australia. There is also the option to nominate an occupation from the STSOL. This is for skilled immigration applicants who have received a nomination from a Territory or State government in Australia.

Several of the jobs in the occupation list also possess extra caveats. These ideally restrict the destination for immigration to Australia and the numbers of immigrants, as quoted by the Business Tech Co ZA.

The governments of New Zealand and Australia had earlier toughened the immigration rules for South Africans in 2017. This had given a huge setback to the prospective skilled immigrants keen to migrate to these two nations.

In April 2017, Malcolm Turnbull the Prime Minister of Australia had announced the elimination of 457 Visas with effect from March 2018. He had also announced to enhance the standards for Citizenship test for prospective applicants. However, the latter proposals were rejected by the Australian Senate and could not be implemented.

The changes to the visa policies in Australia had resulted in the removal of 200 jobs from the existing lists. Updated STSOL and MLTSSL lists were also released by the government of Australia.

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It’s time to quickly lodge Australia PR Visa applications as Turnbull govt. softens stand on 457 visas

It’s time to quickly lodge Australia PR Visa applications as Turnbull government has softened its stand on 457 visas. Peter Dutton the Immigration Minister of Australia has said that latest curbs on visas will be inapplicable to applicants and holders of 457 visas. Thus the Australian government has retracted its tough position on 457 visas.

The Government of Australia has announced that applications that are in the pipeline will not be affected by fresh curbs on PR pathway effective from March 2018.

The Immigration agents in Australia are recommending that prospective applicants must submit their Australia PR Visa applications at the earliest. The Department of Home Affairs has issued a notice to the Immigration agents in this regard. It says that workers who had applied for 457 visas prior to April 2017 can still apply for PR after 2 years.

The 457 visas will be abolished in March 2018. These will be replaced by limited 2 and 4-year visas. Only the 4-year visas will offer the pathway to Australia PR. The new restrictions will not be applicable to those who already possess bridging or 457 visas. It will also exclude those who had submitted their application prior or on 18 April 2017. Those who have subsequently obtained the visa will not be subject to fresh criterions, as quoted by the AFR.

Thus it implies that 457 visa holders who can apply for Australia PR after March 2018 can be lesser than 50 years and not 45 as per new laws. They will also be able to apply for PR after 2 years and not as per the new 3-year requirement. They will also not be affected by the revised list for eligible occupations.

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2018 will transform lives of overseas immigrants as Australia 457 visa changes

2018 will transform lives of many overseas immigrants as Australia 457 visa changes will become effective from March this year. More than 200 occupations will be eliminated from the list of qualifying occupations.

Martin Ward immigrated to Australia in 2012 as a Floor Finisher. It also helped in the arrival of his wife to the nation. In 2014 the son of Ward Jamie immigrated to Australia in 2014 accompanied by his wife Belinda. The couple was also accompanied by their 2 kids. However, this will not be the possibility for other workers in similar occupations to migrate to Australia from 2018. The reason: several such occupations will be eliminated from the list of skilled occupations.

Ward’s visa will expire in February. It is also cumbersome for him to apply for a PR owing to his age of 59 years. He has to either quit Australia or give up his job. He says that his wife is totally upset over the idea of having to return to the UK. They have 3 grandchildren in Australia, as quoted by the Guardian.

It is ridiculous to be asked to go back after 5 years of residence, said Martin. We are a very close-knit family and separation will make our lives miserable, he added. The Wards couple has applied for a Contributory Parent Visa. But their immigration agent has informed them that the processing could take well up to 5 years.

The Ward couple has another option of staying back in Australia but without being employed. This forced retirement will also cause issues for the job of his son Jamie. Martin currently works in the business of floor-fitting for high-end buildings. They have nothing in the UK to look forward to. No jobs, no home, no furniture and they are one among several immigrants whose lives will transform owing to Australia 457 visa changes.

Lisa Ward said that their family is unable to comprehend as to why the occupation of floor finishers was eliminated from the list.

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Australia 457 visa holders exempt from some new requirements says DIBP

Australia 457 visa holders and those who have applied for this visa by April 18, 2017, will not be required to meet all the latest requirements, informed DIBP. The department said that these Australia 457 visa holders would retain access to transitional provisions. It will safeguard their eligibility for RSMS and ENS via the Transition Stream for Temporary Residence.

Applicants who intend to be eligible for the transitional provisions must satisfy either of the below conditions:

• They must have held the Australia 457 visa as of April 18, 2017; or

• They must have applied for the 457 visa by April 18, 2017, and the application must have been approved subsequently

The applicants who satisfy either of the above two conditions will not be required to meet all the latest requirements. This is with respect to the application for ENS and RSMS Transition Stream for Temporary Residence visas from 2018 March.

Specifically, they will also be able to:

• Apply for the visa even if their occupation is not present in the MLTSSL

• They will be able to apply only they are below 50 years of age

• Applicants will also be eligible to qualify after they have worked in their occupation with their employer on the 457 visas for two years

However, these applicants who either possess the 457 visas by April 18, 2017, or have filed an application by this date will be required to fulfill other conditions. They must fulfill the TSMIT or requirements for the minimum salary. Payment of training levy will also have to be made by them from March 2018, as quoted by the ACACIA AU.

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