Changes to Employer Nomination Scheme to come into effect  

A number of changes were announced to the permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programmes (Employer Nomination Scheme - ENS and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme - RSMS) on the 18th of April 2017. It is now time for these to come into effect starting 1 January 2018. Some changes will come into effect on 1 March 2018.

  1. From 31 December 2017, the DIBP will commence the collection of Tax File Numbers for permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa holders. The data will be matched with records held by the Australian Tax Office to ensure that visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary.
  2. Only jobs on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will be available on the Direct Entry stream for both ENS and RSMS, with some additional occupations available through the RSMS to support regional employers.
  3. The eligibility period to transition from temporary to permanent residence will be extended from the current two years to three years.
  4. Applicants must be under 45 years of age.
  5. Employers nominating a worker for an ENS or RSMS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund, replacing the current training obligation requirements.
  6. At least three years of work experience relevant to the particular occupation will be required.
  7. Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold of AUD 53,900.

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