On 18 April 2017, Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa also popularly identified as 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the TSS visa programme will comprise of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years.
Following this announcement, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also cut the list of eligible occupations for the general skilled migration.
The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.
Previously, the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) allowed an applicant to nominate an eligible occupation to apply for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). SOL has now been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and applicants applying for visa subclass 189 are now required to nominate an occupation from this new list..
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - Family nominated, will also need to nominate an occupation from this list.
Is your occupation on this list?