August 2018 Immigration Updates


August 2018 Immigration Updates

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Australian-visa-renewalAugust comes with fury or so to speak when it comes to Australia immigration. We list a few changes here. If you think these changes can alter your chance of immigrating to Australia, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Skilling Australians Fund or SAF levy will commence on August 12, 2018. This levy will replace the previously training benchmark requirements. All employers wishing to employ overseas workers (skilled migrants) will need to comply to this new regulation.

  • In the meantime, if you have ALREADY submitted your NOMINATION this levy does not affect you.
  • If you are able to lodge your Nomination in full (all evidence and supporting documents) by the 10th of August 2018, you will be able to avoid the levy
Any questions regarding your application may be directed to [email protected]

Global Talent Scheme

The Global Talent Scheme was launched in July. This pilot visa is available for businesses wishing to sponsor highly-skilled overseas workers with niche skills that are not covered by the short-term and medium-term streams of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).

  • If you’re an employee, please go to this post about Global Talent Scheme
  • If you’re a company/startup and has a plan to sponsor highly-skilled overseas workers that you can’t find in Australia and not available under the standard TSS, here’s what you need to know to be eligible to sponsor worker under this pilot visa:
    • GTS provides faster processing and more flexible concessions
    • If your business meets all of criteria for the stream you are interested in, email [email protected] with the following information:
      • Business name and ABN/ACN
      • Description of the positions required and evidence that the positions are not available or are restricted on the eligible skilled occupations lists.
    • If you are seeking access to the startup stream, please also indicate which of the following qualifying thresholds you meet:

The Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) increase

The Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) was increased on 1 July 2018 from AUD142,000 to AUD145,400. More information is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Note: Active Migration Australia would like to advise anyone who is looking for a waiver to the age requirements for a permanent 187 or 186 visa via the transitional stream that those being paid $142,000 (and less than $145,000) should be seeking to increase their salaries to $145,000.

If you are unsure of your situation please contact us.

TSS visa processing times

As expected, processing times for the TSS visa are much quicker than for the previous Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program – with 75% of applications currently being processed within:

  • 57 days for the short term stream
  • 55 days for the medium term stream
  • 28 days for the labour agreement stream.

General Skilled Migration changes

As of 1 July 2018, the pass mark for the skilled migration points test is 65 points.

  • The maximum age for claiming points for skilled partners has also been reduced from under 50 to under 45 years of age.
  • Intending migrants who were invited to apply for a visa before 1 July 2018, based on achieving a score of 60 and/or claiming points for a skilled partner who is under 50 years of age, will still be considered against the pre 1 July 2018 provisions.
  • The related policy instruction for the points test for general skilled migration is being reviewed and will be published as soon as available. The relevant website pages, however, have already been updated.

Occupation Ceilings for 2018-2019 Announced

Please follow the link to see the most recent update for Australia Occupation Ceilings.

Labour Market Testing/LMT Updates

The following alterations/additions have been made to the current LMT requirements:

  • LMT must be for a minimum of 4 weeks
  • be undertaken in the 4 months immediately prior to lodgement
  • salary must be advertised unless higher than $96,400
  • skills and experience must be advertised
  • alternative arrangements are available for positions annual earnings over $250,000

Advertising on recruitment websites

  • Only prominent or professional recruitment websites are acceptable for LMT purposes, these include e.g., SEEK.
  • Industry specific recruitment sites that are in significant use by the industry for nominated occupations are also acceptable, eg for hospitality occupations, Frontline Hospitality Recruitment.
  • LinkedIn’s online recruitment platform is acceptable for LMT purposes, however, vacancies restricted to LinkedIn profile members only are NOT acceptable for LMT purposes.
  • There is no requirement that the sponsor placed the advertisement itself.  The sponsor may authorise a third party, eg recruitment company or associated entity to place the advertisements.
  • A general classified website or an advertisement solely through social media notification, such as Twitter or Instagram is NOT an acceptable method.
  • GUMTREE is not an acceptable website for LMT.

That’s all folks! We’ll update you once we have more updates.

Stay tuned.


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