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2017 – 2018 Skilled Migration Intake Announced

Today, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced his annual budget to Parliament which included a couple of items of interest to people looking to emigrate to Australia.

An annual foreign worker levy of $1,200 to $1,800 per annum will be applied to employers of temporary foreign workers, whereas employers of permanent skilled workers will be levied a one-off $3,000 to $5,000 fee.

The measures are expected to raise $1.2 billion over the forward estimates, with the money raised to be put into training initiatives for local workers.

2017 - 2019 Australian Migration Intake

Importantly, there will be no cut in the skilled migrant intake from the current level of 130,000 people per year, this number is important as it will ultimately form the basis for the skilled occupations ceilings which we expect to be announced in the coming weeks.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.

Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hi Mark,
    Applied for 457 visa last year and while waiting for a grant changes came into effect April 2017 and skill was removed from the list. Had to withdraw application and lost monies. Now trying for 187 visa and I believe skill is going to be removed again on RSMS ( vehicle painter) what happens if you applied before March 2018 changes do you just lose everything again. This is sad because having to re-do medicals, PCC and other costs money then changes are brought overnight and applicants have to withdraw and lose everything why is this being allowed.

  2. Hi Mark,
    Can you please help me with occupation ceiling for Mechanical Engineer in 2017- 2018. What will be the minimum point score for this.


  3. Hello Mark
    when will the invitation for 2017-2018 going to start(any date yet) ?and how long will it take for the invitation to came as i have 70 point Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)?
    Thanks !

  4. I am secondary school teacher 241411 in Economic Subject. I am hoping to Apply for the PR. And am preparing for the IELTS and try to reach 8 in each band. So can you please explain me my chances of applying under 189 and 190 classes. I am 35 y and have a Post graduate in Education + Degree for 4 years from a University.

  5. Hi Mark,
    just a quick query regarding 189 visa application limitations, recently I discovered if an applicant have had a visa refused while he/she was in Australia, they can not make any further visa application for 189. Is it only applicable to onshore applicants or offshore as well?


      • Hi Mark,
        Thanks for quick reply. I read it on website, under 189 Visa Eligibility requirements. So i was a little confused whether it applies to onshore applicants only or offshore applicants as well.
        If you can find out who does ot apply to thay would be a big favour for future applicants.

  6. Hi Mark,
    Following on from the annoucement in the age threshold, what does this affect a person who turns 44 in December 2017 and probably gets an invite in July 2018 in terms of applying for a 189? Is this threshold also affecting the 190? Thanks

  7. Hi
    Is the MLTSSL released April 2017 not final ?? Are we expecting any further cutting out of occupations from it ?
    Please advice

      • Hi Mark

        thanks for the reply. You say “may be” this implies there is a good chance that the existing list might be in place for the next 12 months… Lets hope for the best, I belong to one of the 16 caveat occupations, the dreaded 233513. Lets hope it stays for one more year.

  8. Hello Mark!

    Since the number of permanent migration intake will still the same as 2016-17 program, do we have to expect no significant changes on the MLTSSL, especially on the 16 caveat occupations?

    DIBP did not attained last year’s ceiling perhaps by 30,000 places and its really tough for them not to include such occupations on the MLTSSL list if they are aiming such total number of migration intakes.

    What are you insights?

    • I like your hypothesis Lemer, however, I don’t think it is that simple, unfortunately. With that said, I’m not expecting significant changes to the MLTSSL.

      • Thanks Mark!

        I am worried since my occupation is one among the 16 caveats in the MLTSSL. It was unfortunate for me that I did not received an ITA yet with just few days to go on the EOI cut off date.
        I was under occupation group 2335 and its last 65 point invitation round was on April 12, 2017 with EOI cut-off date Nov. 19, 2016. I am a 65 pointer and EOI last update was Nov. 23, 2016, just four days more.
        Anyways, it seems this is a good news for me but I still have to wait until the official list coming in few days/weeks from now.

        Until then….

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