• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 9/03/2012

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: important changes to employer nominated permanent residence 

The Minister for Immigration, Christopher Bowen MP, has announced important changes to employer nominated permanent residence. This scheme currently consists of the Employer Nomination Scheme ('ENS'), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme ('RSMS') and Labour Agreement.
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Key insights

  • Creation of a consolidated skilled occupation list – The government will be implementing one skilled occupation list to cover the 457 visa program/ENS and state/territory sponsored General Skilled Migration creating clearer permanent residence pathways for 457 visa holders. 
  • Increased integrity checking and requirements for new applicants – Visa applicants and companies bringing in expatriate employees to Australia through employer nominated permanent residence without first holding a subclass 457 visa for 2 years can expect greater independent verification of their credentials by the Department of Immigration.