Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017.
The new list comes as a big relief to Indian professionals – be it engineers, computer professionals, education and health professionals who are large beneficiaries of the popular 457 skilled worker visa.
Indian nationals account for a quarter of 457 visa holders, the most of any nationality.
“The Government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda,” Mr Dutton said.
As of 1 July 2017, the main changes to these lists are summarised below:
- 12 occupations have been completely removed from the lists;
- a number of occupations have been added to the lists for certain visa programmes;
- some additional occupations have moved between the STSOL to the MLTSSL;
- the caveats on some occupations have been revised;
- caveats on occupations now apply to both the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream.