From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, or a shorter validity period if specified on the assessment.
· For points-tested visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.
· For Employer Sponsored or subclass 485 visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.
· Subclass 457 applications will not be affected by this change.
For more details on this change please go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website (Link to http://www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/new-validity-requirement-skills-assessments.aspx
Australia has now signed Bi-lateral Agreements under the APEC Architect framework with Chinese Taipei and Japan, and a trilateral Agreement with Singapore and New Zealand.