Quick summary of changes for skilled visas are as follows;
Changes to points-tested skilled visas.
189, 190 and 489 Age limit: Under 45 years (except NZ pathway)
189 New Zealand Pathway
Age under 50, usually resident in Australia on or before 19 Feb 2016, 5 years in Australia and meet income threshold for the past five years. (2012/13 $51,000, 2013/14 – 2016/17 $53,900)
ENS and RSMS changes
CAVEATS on occupations will apply.
ENS:Direct Entry program uses skills from MLTSSL and STSOL,
ENS Temporary Residence Transition stream is for current 457 visa holders.
RSMS will remain unaffected using ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 and 3
ENS and RSMS Direct Entry stream must be younger than 45 years of ages
TRT steam remains at less than 50 years until 1 March 2018 then change to 45.
ENS and RSMS TRT, each 6
Skills. Need skill assessment
ENS and RSMS TRT provide evidence of genuine need
ENS DE provide evidence of genuine need
* Related Instruments
MLTSSL and STSOL instrument 2017
457 Visa occupation list instrument 2017
ENS (186 DE) occupation list instrument 2017