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The Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 22nd May 2018.


The Act is not yet in effect. The Act may come into effect by proclamation. If no proclamation is made within six months after the 22 May 2018 (i.e. 23 November 2018),...

On the 18th March 2018 the 457 visa program was replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS), the Subclass 482 visa.

There are two streams under the TSS visa:

  • Short term Stream-  Applicants with an occupation of the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)...

In April 2017, the Government announced a series of significant changes to the permanent employer sponsored visa program, including the occupations lists. These changes are now in full effect from 18th March 2018.

Under the Employer Nomination Scheme there are now restr...

We are now entering a period of further significant changes to Australian immigration requirements which include a yet to be implemented skilled worker visa (TSS) as well as the changes to employer sponsored permanent residence (ENS). 

Changes to immigration requirement...

The proposed Skilling Australians Fund Levy is set for further debate in the Australian Parliament on  13th and 19th March 2018.

The proposed levy will replace the current training benchmarks for employer sponsored visas, including the upcoming TSS visa.  The purpose of...

February 22, 2018

SCA Connect brings the latest update on the new TSS (Temporary Skills Shortage) visa to be introduced in March 2018.

The current 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced with the new TSS visa program which is likely to called subclass 482. However, the regulation...

The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) has released updated requirements concerning evidencing of financial capacity for those wishing to apply to study in Australia on a student visa or travel to Australia as a student guardian.

Subject to the course studied as well as...

January 18, 2018

This week the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) released an outcome of a biannual review of the Short Term Skilled Occupations List conducted by the Department of Employment.

This review entails addition of certain occupations to the lists of eligible skilled occupation...

January 15, 2018

The Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) is reviewed and updated every 6 months. The Department of Home Affairs have advised that a review took place in late 2017 and the updated occupation list is due to be released and will come into effect on or about 17th Jan...

January 3, 2018

For those who have been following the changes to Australia’s immigration laws and policies over the last 12 months, it will come as no surprise that significant changes to visa laws are to be expected in 2018 and beyond.

As we brought to your attention last year, the fi...