Instrument Changes Have Affected Some Skilled Australian Visas Effective 1 July 2015

The following information was received from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection/ Department of Border Protection.

Dear agent

Further to the email you received on 3 July 2015, the following new instruments: IMMI 15/108, Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Occupations, a Person or Body, a Country or Countries 2015, and IMMI 15/109, Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Class of Persons 2015 have been issued and are in effect as of 1 July 2015.

These instruments rectify omissions from IMMI 15/092 and IMMI 15/083 and ensure no adverse impact on your clients or other visa applicants.

These instruments and their explanatory statement can be accessed at:

·         IMMI 15/108

·         IMMI 15/109

IMMI 15/108 runs concurrently with IMMI 15/092 and IMMI 15/109 runs concurrently with IMMI 15/083.

IMMI 15/108 has the effect of Primary School Teacher (ANZSCO 241213) being an eligible occupation for nomination for the following visa programmes from 1 July 2015:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190)
  • Direct entry stream of Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457)
  • Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402)

IMMI 15/109 has the effect of eligible Special Category visa (Subclass 444) and New Zealand Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (Subclass 461) holders being exempt from meeting the skill requirement for the Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 visa).

IMMI 15/109 also has the effect of Child Care Group Leader (Aus) (Skill level 2) (ANZSCO 421111) being an eligible occupation for nomination under the Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 visa) from 1 July 2015.

Thank you again for your patience.

Kind regards

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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