Government Allows Skilled Visa Applicants to Avoid Police Checks

Posted on September 20, 2018

The new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa scheme successfully replaced the popular 457 visa. For the above visa, the government enables the accredited business sponsors to avoid getting police checks for the Skilled Visa applicants. Even though there exist apparent national security risks.

The federal government is cracking down on immigration it is evident, it has scrapped the 457 visa and tighter conditions are levied for skilled migration.

The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that no longer police checks are essential.

Any applicant who is sponsored by an accredited sponsor, they need not get police certificates from nations other than Australia provided they attach a reference in written format from their accredited sponsor confirming the applicants are of good character and have never been convicted before for any criminal offences.

However, applicant’s if asked to provide Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so must oblige.

When Scott Morrison, new Prime Minister separated immigration from the Department of Home Affairs as part of his cabinet reshuffle after previous month’s deposing of Malcolm Turnbull as a leader. The visa scheme falls under the remit of David Coleman, new Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

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