Australia Immigration Policy Change from July 2012

The Australian government declared (March 9th 2012) on forthcoming to the current visa system an immigration policy. Reading the releases, it suppose to help Australia to suffice the demand of workers. Basically it can help workers to reach permanent status faster, and suppose to make things more flexible.

Some of the key features of the reforms include:

  • simplifying the current visa structure
  • introducing a streamlined and simplified pathway to permanent residence for
    eligible subclass 457 visa holders
  • changing the upper age limit from less than 45 to less than 50 years of age
  • changing to key visa criteria including English language and skill requirements
  •  introducing one consolidated sponsored occupation list to replace the 457,
    ENSOL and StatSOL occupation lists
  • strategically refocusing the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) network to the Direct
    Entry stream of RSMS
  • integrating the new ENS and RSMS visas with the skilled migrant selection
    model, SkillSelect, which will be launched on 1 July 2012

The above changes no doubt cause a lot of changes for the planning of future immigrants. Not everything is clear yet and clarifications are expected to be given. I recommend for future immigrants of Australia to go over the following document to see the repercussions on your plans:

Related sources by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australian Government:

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