It would seem that the changes made to the 457 Visa system by the now unemployed Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor were implemented for one reason and that it seems is to render the 457 Visa system inoperable! Many companies around the country are finding the changes just too difficult to deal with, which it seems was the intention. There is mass confusion within the Immigration system as to what is what. There has been some huge price increases on certain visa types right across the board. It appears to me like a desperate grab for cash. Are the Labor Government forgetting that this country was built on the back of Immigration. Indeed the vast majority of current MP’s would not be where they are I suggest if it wasn’t for Australia’s Immigration policies. How quick we forget.
New IELTS rules dubbed “unfair”
Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 04:57 Written by Editorial staff
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) states that skilled migrants who come to live and work in Australia must possess “sufficient English language ability”.
This ability is tested using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
According to the DIAC, some occupations may require a higher level of English language ability than others.
Many migration agents are struggling to come to terms with new IELTS rules for 457 immigration visas, which have been introduced on July 1.
In particular, it has been brought to Migration Alliance’s attention that the DIAC are requesting evidence of “sufficient English language ability” for “on hand” primary applicants of the 457 visa who lodged their application before July 1.
Apparently these applicants are no longer exempted by the relevant Ministerial Instrument, and must now meet “Vocational English” standards…
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