Changes to 186/187 Employer Sponsored Visas Coming March 2018

If your business currently sponsors 457 workers, it is likely that your workers will be wanting to apply for Permanent Residency in the future.

There are some changes to the ENS and RSMS visas being introduced in March 2018 that will effect employers.

Skilling Australians Fund Levy - Commencing March 2018 

From March 2018, employers will be required to pay a training levy to the Australian Government when lodging a 186 or 187 application.

  • $3,000 per applicant for small businesses (Turnover less than $10 million)
  • $5,000 per applicant for other businesses (Turnover over $10 million)

This levy will apply to Transitional applications (your 457 visa holders who have been working for you for more than two years) and Direct Entry applications (457 visa holders who have been working for you for less than two years, or new employees)

This levy must be paid by the employer

ENS & RSMS TSMIT Requirement - Commencing March 2018

From March 2018, employers will be required to meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for 186 ENS and 187 RSMS employees. (TSMIT currently $53,900 per annum)

Apply before March 2018 and avoid paying levy & TSMIT

If your 457 workers have been sponsored by your business for more than 2 years, the may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency through the Transitional Stream.

If your 457 workers have been sponsored by your business for less than two years, they still may be able to apply for permanent residency through the Direct Entry Stream before these changes are introduced in March 2018.

For more information about these changes, contact our immigration experts at Australian Skilled Migration, or call us on 03 9614 0586

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