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AUSTRALIA – Increased Application Fees, New Minimum Salary for 457, English Language Salary Waiver

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced new application fees, a new Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for 457 applications and a new increase of salary requirement for the waiver of the English language requirement. All changes are effective from 1 July 2012.

New Application Fees

A of 1 July 2012, the following fee schedule will apply:

Visa Category Pre 1 July Fee Post 1 July Fee
Standard Business Sponsorship $405 $420
Standard Business Nomination $80 $85
Temporary Business Long Stay, visa subclass 457 $350 $350
Temporary Business Short Stay, visa subclass 456 $140 $140
Working Holiday Visa, subclass 417 and 462 $270 $280
Employer Nomination Scheme, visa subclass 186 $3625 $3600
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, visa subclass 187 $3105 $3105
Bridging B visa $125 $125
Partner (spouse/de-facto) $2960 $3060

New Minimum Salary (TSMIT)

As of 1 July 2012, the new Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been set at AUD $51,400; and increase from AUD $49,330. All applicants must meet this minimum salary requirement, on top of the market rate. If the market rate for a particular role is below AUD$51,400 then the 457 visa will be refused. The TSMIT does not apply if the annual earnings are greater than or equal to AUD$180,000.

English Language Salary Waiver

Some trade occupations have a requirement where the applicant must satisfy English language requirements. An applicant is exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Is a native English speaker and is a passport holder of USA, Canada, Ireland, UK or New Zealand: OR
  • Has a minimum of five continuous years of secondary/tertiary education where the language of instruction was English: OR
  • Has a base salary of at least AUD $92,000. This is an increase from AUD $88,410 before 1 July 2012

Action Items

  • Note new minimum salary requirements for 457 applications and for the English language requirement waiver and plan accordingly
  • Note the increased application fees

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.