Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.
New Occupation List under the New Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The contents of this article are correct as at 26 July 2010.

DIAC has released the new occupations list that will apply to ENS applications – Subclasses 856 and 121.

The list specifies the occupations, ANZSCO codes, base annual salaries and the relevant assessing authorities.

The differences between the old and the new lists are:

  • The new list of occupations is referenced to ANZSCO and not ASCO.
  • Minimum base annual salaries have increased from:
    • $61,920 to $65,020 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) occupations on the list
    • $45,220 to $65,020 for non-ICT occupation on the list.

Apart from the above:

  • The occupations in the new list have not changed compared to the old list.
  • The base annual salary of $165 000 for a highly paid senior executive position remains the same. However, this figure is expected to be revised soon.

This list came into effect on 1 July 2010 and affects only the nomination applications made on or after 1 July 2010. To access the list, please click here.

For further information on ANZSCO please refer to our article on "Changeover from ASCO to ANZSCO from 1 July 2010".

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