If you apply online on or after 12:00 am (AEST) 1 July 2023, you will pay the new VAC. This is regardless of when you started the application. Your application is considered submitted when we receive it, along with the VAC.

If you apply online and pay by credit or debit card, PayPal, or UnionPay, your application and visa application charge is generally received on the same day.

Before submitting your application, make sure it includes all the required documents. If you submit an incomplete application, you may need to submit a new application and pay the relevant VAC.

Increase in the Temporary Skilled Income Threshold (TSMIT) 

From 1 July 2023, the TSMIT will increase from $53,900 to $70,000. New nomination applications after this date will need to meet the new TSMIT of $70,000 or the annual market salary rate, whichever is higher.

This change will not affect existing visa holders and approved nominations lodged before 1 July 2023.

By the end of 2023, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa will be available. This stream is for all Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders whose employers wish to sponsor them.

Applicants will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s). However, occupations will not be limited to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). We will reduce eligibility for the TRT stream from three years to two years employment with the sponsoring employer. Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

To facilitate these pathways, the Government is also removing limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS visa applications that visa holders can make in Australia. This is an interim measure to assist those currently onshore who would normally need to go offshore to make further visa applications.