SUBCLASS 462 UPDATES – LODGEMENT CHANGES PRC + MONGOLIA and BRAZIL ADDED TO THE LIST
The lodgement method has been changed for the applicants from PRC (Peoples Republic of China). The applications can now be made using Immi Account form 1208 or Requesting permission to lodge an application by email from WHM.email@example.com
Good news for Brazil and Mongolia, they have been added to the list of countries for subclass 462 applications. The applicants must not be more than 30 years old. Applicants from Brazil should have completed 2 years of post secondary study and for applicants from Mongolia must either have completed tertiary qualification or 2 years of post secondary study One of the requirement for applicants from Mongolia must demonstrate that they have their government’s support for the grant of this visa.
The above changes are in affect from 1st July 2022
NEW REPLACEMENT STREAM + REGIONAL SUBCLASS 485 VISA HOLDERS
New Replacement Stream This good news is for all those subclass 485 visa holders who were affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. This new replacement stream for subclass 485 allows visa holders to obtain a new visa of the same duration as their original visa, if they were unable to stay in Australia for the full period of their previous visa due to the COVID restrictions in force from 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021. Second post study and replacement stream (Regional) Subclass 485 visa holders who were required to live in regional area but were not able to due to COVID-19 restrictions can now meet this requirements.
SUBCLASS 461 CHANGES TO LODGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
From 1 July 2022 all New Zealand Citizen (Family Relationship) applications must now be lodged by posting Form 147 to:
New Zealand Family Relationship Processing Centre Department of Home Affairs GPO Box 9984 Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
JOB ACTIVE CHANGES TO WORKFORCE AUSTRALIA
The employers now have to advertise on the Workforce Australia platforms from the Job active platforms as the new changes to LMT requirements. The department is working on the change in these platforms and will provide suitable transitional arrangements so that employers who advertise on Job active prior to 4 July 2022 will not be disadvantaged
AGE LIMIT EXEMPTION- SUBCLASS 457 VISA HOLDERS
457 visa holders will no longer be restricted by age from applying for permanent residency through the TRT stream but will only be accessible for 2 years. The 457 visa holders can only be exempted from age limit if they held visa from or after 18 April 2017 and must have been in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 for at least one year.
SKILLED WORKERS NEW PATHWAYS TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY
Visa changes from 1 July will offer skilled workers new pathways to permanent residency, more places for working holiday makers and the chance for graduates impacted by COVID-19 border closures.
TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE VISAS
Temporary skill shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders will find it easier to apply for permanent residency. Eligible visa holders must have spent at least a year in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021. Additionally, those with subclass 457 visas and a job on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be benefited by this change.