Changes to skilled migration on 1 July 2017

1 July changes

Certain changes to skilled migration programme were made on 1 July 2017. The article below summarises the key changes.

1. Max. age requirement is lowered to 45

From 1 July 2017, visa applicants must be under age 45 at the time of invitation for the following visa subclasses – 189, 190 and 489.

2.  A new steam of 189 for New Zealand Citizen 

  • hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • no age limit
  • have been usually resident in Australia continuously for five years
  • have started residency in Australia on or before 19 February 2016
  • the applicant must earn above the income threshold for each of the four completed income years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption)

3.  Around 2% increase in most of the visa application charges

How we can help?

If you would like to understand more about how these changes may affect you, you are welcome to talk to our immigration professionals.


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