‘Legacy’ 457 Visa Holders Age Restriction Waived for s186 Applications.


Reg 186.221(b) allows an exemption from the age requirement for specified persons, in this case legacy 457 workers.

The following definition of a legacy 457 workers for a Subclass 186 visa application has been inserted and means a person who:

(a) held a subclass 457 visa on or after 18 April 2017; and

(b) was in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021.

No age limit has been specified for legacy 457 workers in this Instrument.

Family visa program – visa allocations 2021 -2022


Contributory Parents – Subclasses 143, 173, 864, 884

  • a maximum of 3600 visas
  • and of that maximum number, 125 visas may be allocated to applicants for SC 143 visas who on 8 May 2018 were holders of Investor Retirement SC 405 or Retirement SC 410 visas (Reg 143.212) or are secondary visa holders of those visas (Reg 143.313), or the last substantive visa held by the applicants were these visas.

Parent Visas – Subclasses 108 and 804

  • a maximum of 900 visas.

Other family visas – Subclasses 114, 115,116, 835, 836, 838

  • a maximum of 500 visas.

State and Territory Updates


WA State Nomination places increased

Western Australia has received an additional nomination allocation for the State Nominated Migration Program, from the Department of Home Affairs, for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year.

With the additional nomination allocation now available, Migration Services will proceed with finalising State nomination applications currently on-hand. Applicants will be contacted as required.

New applications for State nomination are now being accepted, with the next invitation round anticipated to be held in the first week of April 2022.

To allow adequate time to process applications prior to the end of the program year, the May and June invitation rounds are expected to be brought forward and are anticipated to be held in the first week of each month.

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