Hi we recieved this from our Agent
"People who have made an application for a skilled visa (where the visa application was lodged) on or before 31 August 2007 will not be affected by the changes.
Note that most people will not be affected (negatively) by the changes. The majority may actually benefit from these changes e.g.
If you have any questions, please feel free to revert back to your consultant who will re-assess you if required."
- If you had to make a $ 100 000 bond to meet the pass mark, you can now claim 5 more for English and not make the bond
- If you required 2 skills assessments to claim 5 points for spouse qualifications, it may be possible to now do one skills assessment only (by claiming 5 more for English)
- Some applicants on 115 points, and a SIR visa - may potentially now apply directly for a permanent residence visa by claiming 5 additional points for English
This however is a lot longer but I hope it will give you a general idea!