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Amended the legislation for the Skilled Independent visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has amended the legislation for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) as of 1st July 2017. The maximum age permitted to apply for subclass 189 visa under the Points Tested stream will be 44. In other words, applicants must be aged under 45 when the invitation to apply for the visa is issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

This amendment will impact applicants who are invited to apply on or after the 1st of July, 2017, or who have not been issued with an invitation to lodge a visa application before the 1st of July, 2017 and who have not applied for the visa before the 1st July.

The amendment does not apply to applications, made:

  • in response to an invitation by the Minister given before 1 July 2017, and
  • the application is made on or after 1 July 2017, or,
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of the primary applicant and is making a combined application with the primary applicant.

If the applicant will be aged 45 or over as of the 1st July we recommend applicants should aim to have the application submitted before 1 July 2017.

Have your application ready before the amendment comes into effect. Contact us and stay informed:

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