Australia-Increase in Visa Application Charges, Labor Market Testing Changes and Digital Photographs Now Required

What has changed

As of July 1, 2018, Australia will increase its visa application charges by approximately 2%. Also, as has been indicated in previous bulletins, the Skilling Australians Fund levy has passed through parliament and is to be implemented very soon. As part of the same legislation, there will be adjustments made to Labor Market Testing requirements. In addition, applicants for Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visas will be required to provide a good quality full-face view photograph with their application.

Who is affected

Clients who would like to employ foreign workers to come to work in Australia.

What to expect

The increase in visa application charges is further illustrated below.

Some employment-based visa charges will increase as follows:

  • Permanent Visas under the Employer Nomination Scheme

From A$3670 to A$3755 for principal adult applicants
From A$1835 to A$1875 for secondary adult applicants
From A$920 to A$940 for secondary applicants under eighteen (18)

  • TSS Visa fees

From A$1150 to A$1175 in the Short Term Stream for adult applicants
From A$2400 to A$2455 in the Medium Term Stream for adult applicants
From A$290 to A$295 in the Short Term Stream for applicants under eighteen (18)
From A$600 to A$615 in the Medium Term Stream for applicants under eighteen ( 18)
  • TSS Visas – Digital Photographs Now Required

Applicants for TSS visas will now be required to provide a good quality full-face view photograph with their application, similar to that which would be provided for a passport application but it must be digital for attachment to the online application form.
Certain applicants for TSS visas who are required to provide full biometric information will now automatically receive a letter requesting this as soon as their application is lodged (this applies to certain visa applicants associated with Overseas Business Sponsors).
  • Long-Term Temporary or Permanent Employer-Sponsored Visas

Employers are reminded that levies which will apply (payable at time of filing nominations on behalf of employees) are:
A$1200 per year for Temporary Skills Shortage visas for businesses with a turnover of under A$10 million
A$1800 per year for Temporary Skills Shortage visas for businesses with a turnover of over A$10 million
$3000 for Employer Nomination Scheme permanent visas for businesses with a turnover of under A$10 million
$5000 for Employer Nomination Scheme permanent visas for businesses with a turnover of over A$10 million
  • Skilling Australians Fund Levy

This is scheduled to be implemented in the third quarter of 2018, between July and September , which means it may be very soon.

  • Labor Market Testing Criteria

As part of the same legislation, some changes will also be made to Labor Market Testing criteria. This will require advertising relied upon for evidence of testing to be no more than four (4) months old at the time of application. Advertising must be made for a period of twenty-eight (28) days, rather than the current twenty-one (21). The exact implementation date of this revised policy is still as yet unknown. It can also be expected there will shortly be more clarity on additional exemptions.
It can also be expected that there will soon be more clarity on additional exemptions.

What you need to do

  • Clients are urged to stay informed and prepare for the upcoming change.
  • Emigra Worldwide will be issuing bulletins with further details in coming days.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.