A suite of important changes are being made to the handling and process of Business Skills and other Business Visas. Skilled migration applications will be steamlined as part of the reform package. Of particular importance will be a web based register to be known as SkillSelect (to commence on 1 July 2012), which allows prospective skilled migrants to log in, obtain a secure password and make an expression of interest (EOI) for skilled migration to Australia. Once they have passed through the various assessment criteria as sought by the Department they will then be deemed available for placement into their nominated skill area and employers would be able to make offers to those who are pre-qualified. The outcome of this will be that once an applicant is deemed qualified there is no further need for assessment and a visa will automatically issue.
There are also changes to 457 Visas conditions to allow holders pathways to permanent residence after a 2 year qualifying period. This will in general depend on 2 years continuous employment with their employer and by demonstrating that they have been offered full time permanent employment.