As of today, the Skilled (Independent) (subclass 175), Skilled- Sponsored (subclass 176) and Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 475) visas will be capped and ceased by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Visa applicants whose applications have been ceased will be refunded their application fee by the DIBP, but will be deemed never to have made their application.
This is an unfortunate situation for many visa applicants who have waited in uncertainty for years to receive a decision on their visa application. Many of these applicants met the requirements of the subclass 175, 176 or 475 visas they applied for, but are now no longer eligible under the new Skilled Migration regime.
The DIBP has announced that it will continue to process subclass 175, 175 and 475 visas for visa applicants who are onshore in Australia.
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