The Role of an Experienced Immigration Lawyer in 2017 – Recent Changes to Temporary and Permanent Skilled Working Visas as well as Citizenship have highlighted the need for Accurate and Focused Advice.

May 19, 2017

In light of the recent significant changes to skilled migration schemes, there has been considerable overhaul of the requisite criteria for particular visas including the Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa and pathways to permanent residency such as the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that these reforms have taken place to ensure that the integrity of Australia’s migration programmes is continually developed and improved to benefit overseas workers and Australian employers. In addition these changes aim to promote an increase of domestic business opportunities as well as stimulating economic growth and trade.

In general as a result of these reforms, the DIBP are tightening policies and becoming increasingly forensic in their review of applications. You can read about the recent changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa here.

Changes to legislation and policy can be difficult to navigate. Individuals who are not fully comprised of the new requirements and standards they are required to meet may risk having their visa applications refused, or risk pursuing a visa pathway that does not align with their migration goals. Prospective visa applicants or employers wishing to nominate an overseas worker who are confused about their rights and eligibility under temporary or permanent skilled working visas are encouraged to seek advice from professional Immigration Lawyers who can provide accurate and focused advice regarding legislative and policy reform.

Australian business’ and employers who currently sponsor or are planning on sponsoring overseas workers are required to meet specific obligations under these reforms. Failure to meet these obligations can have serious consequences for employers and businesses including administrative and civil sanctions.

Aspiring Australian citizens are now required to meet new requirements under recent tightening of the requisite criteria. Further changes will be made to ensure that aspiring citizens share Australian values and beliefs and the introduction of a three attempt limit to pass the test. For more information on the changes to the Australian Citizenship requirement please click here.

Obtaining accurate and thorough immigration advice from the beginning can streamline your application process. Immigration Solutions Lawyers are experts in the field of Australian Immigration Law and Citizenship and can help you submit a strong decision ready application.

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