494 visas: Occupation list, age and skill exemptions; 186 TRT English exemption disappears; 491 pass mark at 65 points

494 visas: Occupation list, age and skill exemptions; 186 TRT English exemption disappears; 491 pass mark at 65 points

A number of instruments were registered yesterday, primarily in preparation for the new Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, including the occupation list, and age, skill, and English exemptions. These may turn into a Halloween curse for many as skill assessments will be required for all nominated occupations unless the visa applicant is one of the exempted few. Another concern is that alternative requirements for evidence of English language for Subclass 186 – Employer Sponsored visas under the Temporary Residence Transition stream will be spookily removed. What did not shock was that the minimum number of points for a Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will be set to 65.

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Regional 494 and 491 visas: Minimum salary/income threshold set to TSMIT $53,900 per year

Regional 494 and 491 visas: Minimum salary/income threshold set to TSMIT $53,900 per year

The Department of Home Affairs has made known that the minimum salary threshold for nominations for 494 visa and the minimum taxable income threshold for 191 visas will be pinned to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) which is currently $53,900 per annum, with exceptions for 494 nominations under labour agreements and Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs). There is, however, an important difference on how this will operate for both visas.

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Distinguished Talent visas can now be lodged online

Distinguished Talent visas can now be lodged online

Distinguished Talent visas, which are subclass 124 and 858 visas, can now be made online through the Department of Home Affairs’ website. This is different from an Internet application, which is also explained as well as the benefits and detriments to both methods.

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482/TSS Designated Area Migration Agreement: Far North Queensland open for business

482/TSS Designated Area Migration Agreement: Far North Queensland open for business

The remaining Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) announced prior to the election, for Far North Queensland, is now accepting applications. DAMAs come under the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa program to fill critical skill shortages in specific regional areas. This DAMA has access to permanent visas for most occupations and includes three occupations not found in the ANZSCO.

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