Ultimately, there are strong indications the 457-occupation list will be cut, and the occupations most likely to be removed include: Restaurant and Café Manager, Project and Program Administrator and Customer Service Manager.

As there is increasing scrutiny in Employer Sponsored visas this will result in longer processing times, and the expected growth for 2017 is in GSM including visa subclass; 189, 190 and 489.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection are narrowing the allowances in the Australian migration programme, by creating more checks and policy changes and introducing greater criteria.

The ultimate advice for people intending to apply for an Australian Visa would be to APPLY EARLY as processing times are getting longer, and many visas are now vulnerable to unpredictable change.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. AIMS consists of a team of professional migration agents and solicitors who provide excellent assistance to people who intend to migrate to Australia or Australian residents or citizens who wish to bring their family. Whether you are seeking to study or work or establish a business in Australia, we can advise you on your visa options and assist you in securing the right visa.  For more information or to set up a consultation with one of our agents, just give AIMS a call on 03-9078 6819 or email us at team@thinkvisa.com.au.