Reform of Citizenship Process

With a view to uphold and safeguard Australian values, the Prime Minister announced reforms to the citizenship process on this basis of feedback received from the 2016 Productivity Commission Report: Migrant Intake Into Australia and the National Consultation on Citizenship, conducted by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and the Hon Philip Ruddock MP in 2015.

Abolition and Replacement of the 457 Visa

With the introduction of the Temporary Skill shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced.

Along with it, the Government announced that the current 457 visa holders will not be affected by this change.

The announcement has come as a wave of change for workers and employers. When we look at it closely though, the 457 visa has been replaced by a new visa.

BSMQ temporarily suspends state nominations for subclasses 190 and 489

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has announced a temporary suspension for the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclasses 190 and 489, due to having reached their DIBP allocated ceiling. 

South Australia State Sponsorship News

High points and chain migration exclusions

Effective immediately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:

Frequently Asked Question


I have been granted a Permanent Residency visa because I was nominated by a State (State sponsored subclass 190 visa). Can I live in a different state within 2 years?