The DIBP announces changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The DIBP announces changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The DIBP recently announced a few changes that they are planning to implement to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa. Please note that these are only announcements and no formal policy documentation has been officially released.
 
From1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will review the eligible occupations for this visa type.  In addition, there will be an increase to the minimum English language threshold with applicants required to meet a score of 6 IELTS for each component of the test.  Furthermore, there will be a drop in the qualifying age limit (to 45) for applicants seeking to apply under the Direct Entry stream of the ENS.  Applicants who qualify under the Temporary Residence Transition stream of the ENS will be subject to a maximum age of 50.
 
Additionally, from March 2018, the revised MLTSSL will apply to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), and the RSMS with new regional occupations added. The market salary rate will apply and employers will need to meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).  Employers will also need to demonstrate that they have satisfied the training requirement by way of a suitable contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund (yet to be established).
 
Further to this, the eligibility period to transition to permanent residency has been extended from 2 to 3 years, and applicants will be required to submit proof that at least 3 years’ worth of work experience has been fulfilled. Applicants will also be required to be under 45 years of age.
 
If you have any questions about how these upcoming changes might affect your visa application, please speak to one of our registered migration consultants.

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