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Additional screening for visa applicants

Hi everyone! I’ve got some important news for candidates applying for skilled visa, employer sponsored visas, and even student visa.

The Australian government has initiated a new screening process to protect the nation’s top-notch science and critical technology fields from potential threats. This includes efforts to stop interference that might lead to intellectual property theft or knowledge transfer. 

These measures of preventive strategy aim to secure Australia's interests and values, particularly in the university, research, and industry areas crucial to success.

What are critical technologies?

The key enabling critical technology fields which have a high impact on Australia’s national interest are: 

  • advanced manufacturing and materials technologies
  • artificial intelligence (AI) technologies
  • advanced information and communication technologies
  • quantum technologies
  • autonomous systems, robotics, positioning, timing and sensing
  • biotechnologies
  • clean energy generation and storage technologies.

Who will be subject to the check?

Additional security screening will be applied to applicants linked to critical technologies applying for the following visas:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme visa (permanent, subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (permanent, subclass 187)
  • Skilled Independent visa (permanent, subclass 189)
  • Global Talent visa (permanent, subclass 858)
  • Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional, subclass 191)
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity, subclass 400)
  • Training (subclass 407)
  • Temporary Activity (subclass 408)
  • Recognised Skill Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional, subclass 494).

Additional attention will be paid to Student visa SC500 primary and secondary applicants if the course of study is critical technology-related. 

Moreover, any student visa holder granted a visa after 1 July 2022 (with visa condition 8208), who wishes to change the course of study to a critical technology-related course of study must obtain approval from the Department before commencing the course. Important! Breaching the visa condition 8208 may provoke visa cancellation.

How will the screening be provided, and when does it start?

The additional check has been integrated into the Department’s operations from 1 April 2024. Applicants for any of the listed visas do not have to undertake any additional steps as part of the visa application. However, the Department may contact applicants for more information, before a decision is made. No additional cost applies.​

A bit nerve-wracking, isn’t it? Personally, I have mixed feelings about this news.

On one hand, it could mean a longer processing timeframe or even visa refusal for professionals from critical sectors – a definite downside.

On the other hand, if an applicant is clean and their intentions are transparent, this screening should not be a cause for any worry. It merely means taking proper migration planning, mindful course selection, and serious preparation of the visa application.

From my perspective, my team at Yulia Moiseeva & Associates
is arguably the best for all these points!

You can ask me questions at any time.

Just email me at office@yuliamoiseeva.com.au and describe your migration issues!

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