New Migration Rules Promise Streamlined Visa Processing

April 20, 2016

Upcoming changes have been announced for individuals applying for a Subclass 457, together with a revamping of the Student visa program.

New Migration Rules Promise Streamlined Visa Processing

Upcoming changes have been announced for individuals applying for a Subclass 457, together with a revamping of the Student visa program. Part of the changes address the rights and obligations of temporary foreign workers as well as setting out improvements on internet-based application processes for Student visa applicants.
In detail, Subclass 457 applicants:

  • Must have a sponsor that does not engage in discriminatory recruitment practices.
  • Must disclose their nomination details if applying online.
  • May be exempt from undergoing English language testing where this is already an occupational registration requirement.

Meanwhile, the new Student visa program's framework provides for an overhaul of the current visa structure, where by there will only be two visa types, namely: the Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 (Student Guardian). Further enhancements include:

  • Introduction of a simplified set of criteria and requirements
  • Allowing for a larger range of factors to be considered when assessing genuineness and providing evidence of financial capacity and English proficiency.
  • Simplify for Student Visa holders the conditions surrounding the courses they are allowed to take, as well as the possible requirement of a new visa if they wish to change courses.

The changes to the Student visa program will take effect on 1 July 2016, while the new rules for Subclass 457 took effect on 19 April 2016.
If you are interested in Australian visas, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our free online eligibility visa assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.