With 2018 being well underway and the festive cheer feeling like a distant memory, it is time to reflect on the year ahead. 2017 was a turbulent year in migration, with the government introducing some of the largest changes seen in recent years across a number of visa programs.
2018 is set to see further changes rolled out across a number of visa and citizenship programs.
From 1 March 2018, a number of changes will be introduced:
- The 457 visa program will be replaced b a Temporary Skills Shortage (“TSS”) visa, introducing stricter english language and work experience requirements.
- The 187 visa program will be varied, introducing minimum salary requirements, stricter work experience requirements and a shorter list of occupations eligible for visa program.
From 1 July 2018, changes are proposed to be made to the Australian citizenship requirements, with the possibility of extending the residence requirement.
If you are applying for a visa or Australian citizenship in 2018, it is important to understand whether you will be impacted by these changes.
Contact one of our friendly staff on (07) 3360 0844 to discuss your circumstances today.