Each year, Australia brings a change in its immigration rules or eligible occupation list on July 1. This year, the country has made several changes in various aspects.
Number 1: Eligible points threshold increased
The number of points required to be eligible for any Australian skilled visa has increased from 60 points to 65 points. Till July 1 2018, candidates interested to immigrate had to score 60 points of eligibility counted on factors like age, education, work experience etc. With effect from July 1, 2018 it is mandatory for an interested candidate to score 65 points. However, there has been no update of increase in individual factor points.
Number 2: Increase in fee of various visas
Vise fees of various skilled visas, business visas and student visas have increased w.e.f July 1, 2018. According to SBS News Australia, the new fee for Skilled Independent Visa, Skilled Nominated Visa, Skilled Regional Visa has raised to $ 3755. Below are details with revised fees for all visas.
Number 3: Skilled partner age eligibility limit lowered
Accompanying skilled partner’s age has been a contributor in gaining additional points for many skilled visa applicants. Until July 1, 2018 candidates could gain 5 points if they had skilled partners in age range of 18 to 50 years accompanying their immigration. Now the age limit is lowered to 45 years. This means no points will be allotted to partners aged above 45 years.
Number 4: Predicted changes in Skilled Occupation List
The last changes in Australia’s skilled occupation lists were made in March 2018. Though at that time, the Department had said that no further changes in the lists will be made in July, the list is currently under review and has but flagged 17 occupations for removal from the list and six occupations (including Dentist and Management Accountant) for moving between different lists. The announcements of the changed list are likely to be made before end of July.
Source: SBS News