Minister Caps Business Skills Visas for 2009/10 Financial Year

March 18, 2010

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has issued a new Legislation Instrument (IMMI 10/011) which imposes a cap of 6530 on the number Class EA and Class UR Business Skills visas that may be granted in the 2009/2010 financial year.

The affected visa subclasses are:

Class EA132 Business Talent (Migrant) Class UR160 Business Owner (Provisional)161 Senior Executive (Provisional)162 Investor (Provisional)163 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Provisional)164 State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (Provisional)165 State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) This legislative Instrument is effective from 18 March 2010. The granting of these business visas has not yet stopped, as 6530 visas have not yet been granted. Once 6530 of these business visas have been granted, no more will be granted until after 30 June 2010. For anyone considering applying for a Business Visa we would recommend you start the process now so that we can lodge your application as soon as possible after 1st July 2010. To discuss the procedure in more detail please call us on 0845 2302526.