Migration Team Australia

Migration Team Australia

Changes for Religious Organisations

Information regarding changes relating to the occupation of Ministers of Religion (ANZSCO 272211) – in relation to ENS SC 186 and RSMS SC 187 and SC 457 visa applications.

From 1 July 2015 religious organisations must sign up to the ‘Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement’ before lodging an employer nomination for either ENS SC 186 and RSMS SC 187 – Agreement Stream and for SC 457 visa.

Applicants must meet the requirements as outlined in the ‘Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement’.

If an employer nomination for a Minister of Religion is lodged prior to 1 July 2015 and is subsequently approved after this date, the corresponding visa application may be lodged for the relevant stream of the Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 Visa. However, the exemptions to age, skill and English language that was available to Ministers of Religion will no longer apply.

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