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Migration Changes from 1st of July 2017

There have been a wide range of changes that apply to applicants for skilled visas in Australia that came into effect on 1 July 2017, even as we’re staring down the barrel of the March 2018 abolishment of subclass 457 visas. Some occupations were removed from all lists, some were added back to being eligible for subclass 457 visas, and additional requirements were added to occupations for permanent skilled visas.

There are now separate lists for different skilled visas; different instruments were made by the Minister on 28 June 2017 for subclass 457, 186 and 189 and 489 visas. Some occupations can only be applied for if you have work experience, some occupations need an even higher level of salary than the other legislative requirement of $53,900 and some can only be in relation to certain locations for work. Different requirements apply to different visas, and the documents supplied on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website can be difficult to decipher.

English requirements and age requirements have changed. In addition, there has been a new pathway for New Zealand citizens. Your eligibility for a range of skilled visa applications may have changed at midnight on 1 July 2017.

Navado Lawyers & Solicitors has the expertise to assist you with your migration matter.  To discuss your legal matter with a Sydney Immigration Lawyer, please contact Navado Lawyers Sydney by phone on 02 9233 4048 or email us at

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