Migration Law Updates for Sponsored Visas (482, 186/187, 494) (3 CPD Points)



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Office of the MARA Item WK1170

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Session Length: 3 hours
CPD Points Awarded: 3 points

The Migration Law Updates for Sponsored Visas (482, 186/187, 494) Workshop is a 3 point CPD workshop that covers updates to the subclass 482, 186/187 and 494 visas, including the significant framework changes and transitional amendments to the temporary and permanent sponsored visa subclasses. The workshop covers Sponsorship, Nomination and Visa application processes, criteria, and conditions in addition to an overview of the subclass 457/482 Business Sponsor Obligations and the Monitoring Process as well as the changes to the 186/187 permanent sponsored subclasses and new regional framework under subclass 494.


  • Updated current legislative and policy foundations for subclass 457/482 and 186/187 applications, including big updates for March 2018 changes and transition to the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa
  • Application process and fees applicable
  • Sponsorship requirements – including lawful and active operation, training and other requirements
  • Nomination requirements – including relevant occupation, MLTSSL/STSOL and applicable caveats, SAF, associated entities, Labour Market Testing, Genuine Position Criteria
  • Recent case law and departmental policy on Genuine Position assessment criteria
  • Visa requirements – Skill requirements, English language requirements, Health and character requirements, other visa application requirements
  • Adding Dependants
  • Applicable Visa Conditions
  • Updates on Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)
  • Updates on Global Talent Scheme (GTS)
  • Approved subclass 457/482 Standard Business Sponsor Obligations
  • Consequences of breaching subclass 457/482 Sponsor Obligations
  • Charging for a Migration Outcome – what it covers and consequences of breach
  • Monitoring processes and what to expect at Monitoring
  • Introduction of the new subclass 494 Temporary Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa framework including significant legal changes, criteria, implications and transitional processes
  • Update on implications for transition to subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa framework
  • Update on Designated Regional Area requirements

The Workshop is intended to provide Registered Migration Agents (RMA professionals) and Lawyers with a solid foundation for the changes to the subclass 457/482, the 186/187, and subclass 494 frameworks and equip Agents and Immigration Lawyers with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate and advise on the application processes and respond to Monitoring requests from the Department of Immigration.

Workshops will consist of discussion and case study analysis. There is no assessment component but participants will be given an opportunity to attempt simulated case studies based on real-life scenarios. Feedback will be provided during the session.

Participation is limited to 30 places.

For Registered Migration Agents (RMA):

Attendees must remain in attendance for the duration of the Workshop in order to be eligible for the award of their 3 CPD points for OMARA.

For Lawyers: 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): This professional development activity has been designed to meet the CPD needs of lawyers. If this session does meet your CPD needs according to the Uniform CPD (Solicitors) Rules 2015 available at https://www.liv.asn.au/Professional-Practice/Compliance/Legal-Profession-Uniform-Law/Legislation you may claim 1 CPD unit for each hour of attendance (breaks not included).

This workshop falls within the Substantive Law CPD field.

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