Important changes in the english language requirements for 485, 476 and 457 visas

Migration regulations were recently amended to new lower English levels in order to meet the requirements of 485, 476 and 457 visa categories.

Prospective 457 visa applicants will only need to score a minimum of 4.5 in each module of IELTS!

And candidates looking to apply for 485 and 476 visas need only ensure to get a minimum of 5 in each module of the IELTS examination!

If you are looking to lodge an application for either of these visas on or after 18 April, you must provide evidence of having achieved this in a test taken three years before lodging your visa application:

** Passport holders from the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you still will not need to provide an English test result.

To get more information on the above changes and to find out your eligibility in applying for an Australian Visa please call 07 3216 0052 to with one of our experienced Migration Agents.

Great News for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Cadidates

Great news for candidates looking to be sponsored under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme/subclass 187 visa!!

THE DIBP have recently updated their policy as a result of the MRT finding that their policy did not meet the purpose of the legislative requirement. In short, the two year mandatory work experience has been removed.

As a result, graduates from the international VET sector no longer require two years full time work experience to apply for a RSMS if they hold a Certificate IV qualification or above.
If the applicant is relying on Australian or overseas work experience to meet the skill requirement, officers will assess whether the work experience is relevant and equates to the corresponding formal qualification.

If the applicant relies on an Australian qualification, that qualification must be as specified within the ANZSCO framework for that occupation. For example, if the nominated position were that of a cook (ANZSCO 351411), the applicant must:

– hold a relevant AQF Certificate IV or
– hold a relevant AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training or
– have at least 3 years of relevant experience

Changing Courses or Education Providers?

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently raised serious concerns about the large number of student visa cancellations for breach of Condition 8516.

An operation conducted by the DIBP sent 1000 x ‘Intention to Consider Cancellation Notices’ and of these around 750 x were cancelled ultimately.

If you are on a student visa and are looking to change your courses you should look consider these circumstances before making a decision.

The Department’s targeted ‘course hopping’ students in the following categories:

Higher Education Sector visa (subclass 573) holders granted their visas under the streamlined visa processing provisions (requiring less scrutiny) who, shortly after arrival in Australia, then applied for and were refused Vocational Education and Training Sector visas (subclass 572) (non-streamlined visa processing that requires more scrutiny);

Student visa holders who have not acted on advice from the department to abide by the requirements of their Student visas;

Student visa holders who, upon arrival in Australia, have changed to a course of study that has no correlation to the course of study for which their Student visa was granted. For example, a Student visa holder intends to study for a Bachelor of Engineering, and then changes to a cookery course of study.

Student course hoppers who have an adverse immigration history.

Under the Department’s discretionary framework students with genuine intention to study relevant courses will be given an opportunity to explain their circumstances and hence the decision not to cancel in approximately 250 of the 1000 cases.

It should also be noted that of more than 4,000 students identified in breach of condition 8516, the Department only took action against those students considered high risk and within the categories outlined above.

Further information about changing course is available on the Department’s website