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Migration Update : 17 Jun 2022

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1.Important Changes to the Job Ready Program (JRP) from 1 July for TRA

From 1 July 2022, the Job Ready Program (JRP) will move from a four (4) step program to a three (3) step program. As a result of this key change, no new applications for the Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) [Step 1 of the JRP] will be accepted after 4.00 pm (AEST) on 30 June 2022. From 1 July 2022, JRP applications will be accepted for the new three step JRP process by selecting the JRP Program Registration and Eligibility option.

If you have not started your PSA application before 1 July 2022, you will not be able to apply for a PSA. You will need to apply under the new JRP process on or after 1 July 2022.

If you have applied for a PSA outcome before 1 July 2022, your application will be processed, and you will receive your PSA outcome.

If you have received a PSA outcome before 1 July 2022, your progress through the JRP will not be affected. If you are concerned with any impact these changes may have on your visa application, please contact Home Affairs.


2. Accountant Provisional Skill Assessment now is closed

From 1 July 2022, international graduates will be able to apply directly to the Department of Home Affairs for the Subclass 485 visa and will not be required to undergo a qualification assessment. CPA, CA and IPA Australia is no longer accepting provisional skills assessment applications as of 1 June 2022


3. Western Australia opens permanent residency doors for skilled workers in over 330 occupations for 2022-2023

​Commencing in the 2022-23 program year people residing overseas are now eligible to be considered for Western Australia (WA) State nomination. Invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be via the ranking system, giving preference to applicants currently residing in WA, followed by those residing in Australia and then those residing overseas.

The candidates living in Western Australia will be given preference. After that, preference will be given to people residing in Australia and overseas. Some of the jobs for which candidates can apply are:

  • Accountant (General)
  • Acupuncturist
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Anaesthetist
  • Barrister
  • Biochemist
  • Cafe or Restaurant Manager

For more information, visit Western Australia opens permanent residency doors for skilled workers in over 330 occupations


4. Removal of Age Restrictions for 457 Visa Holders Applying for PR & Third TSS STSOL Visa Applications Introduced

On 31 March 2022, the Minister announced that a new legislative instrument will take effect on 1 July 2022 which will remove the age restrictions for newly defined legacy 457 workers.

The instrument is titled Migration (Age exemption for subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) visa) Amendment Instrument (LIN 22/047) 2022 – F2022L00515.

Who is a ‘legacy 457’ worker under the new definition?

The recently announced instrument provides a new definition for legacy 457 workers as meaning a person who, for a subclass 186 visa application:

  • Held a subclass 457 visa on or after 18 April 2017; and
  • Was in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021.