The AFR reported that recent changes to some employer-sponsored visas would mean hundreds of visa applications made before 1 July are now invalid.
Changes to the exemption to English language and skills assessment requirements for employer-sponsored permanent visas will not be applied to applications lodged before 1 July 2017
Removal of the exemption for applicants earning over $180,000 per year for English language and skills assessments for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187). In implementing this change, the Department will ensure it only affects applications lodged from 1 July.
The reduction in the age limit for some permanent employer sponsored visas from 50 to 45 also only applies to direct entry visa applications lodged after 1 July. It does not apply to current subclass class 457 visa holders applying under the transition stream.
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