New English language , skills exemptions and age requirements for sc. 186 and 187 visas

English language requirements

Applications for ENS and RSMS made under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream lodged on or after 1 July 2017 will require an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6 in each component (Competent English).

The English language skills exemption for both ENS and RSMS has been removed for those who have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (AUD 180,001). This will also apply to all applications including those lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not been finally determined.

Skill exemption

The exemption from a skills assessment for applications made under the Direct Entry (DE) stream of both ENS and RSMS has been removed for those who have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (AUD$180,001). This will also apply to all applications including those lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not been finally determined.

Age

From 1 July 2017, applicants for the ENS and RSMS Direct Entry (DE) stream must be younger than 45 years of age. This applies to visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017. Current age exemptions will still be available.
The age requirement for the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream will remain at less than 50 years of age until 1 March 2018 when the less than 45 year age limit will become effective.

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