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Substantial changes have been made. $23.49 hourly rate is now required for skill level 1 to 3 occupations. Additional points for ages between 30 and 39; more points for skilled work experience; removal of points for LTSSL qualification, close family support, reduction in points for partner's qualification, higher qualification requirements for partner's qualifications are some of the changes.The definition of work experience is also changed. These changes will make it more difficult to get residence under the skilled migrant instructions and is likely to reduce the number of people qualifying for residence substantially. Employer's financial situation is likely to be a major factor as Immigration will scrutinise whether the employer's can afford to pay the new pay rate. Getting points for work experience is also likely to become difficult as it should be shown that the work experience is also a skilled one.