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“Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas” (c) border.gov.au
On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.
Key reforms include:
- Introducing the temporary skill shortage visa with new requirements, including but not limited to:
- new, more targeted occupation lists which better align with skill needs in the Australian labour market
- a requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
- a minimum market salary rate which ensures that overseas workers cannot be engaged to undercut Australian workers
- mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies,
- capacity for only one onshore visa renewal under the Short-Term stream
- capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years under the Medium-Term stream
- the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years
- a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
- strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers
- the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect Tax File Numbers and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records, and
- mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
- Tightening eligibility requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas, including but not limited to:
- tightened English language requirements
- a requirement for visa applicants to have at least three years’ work experience
- applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application
- strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers, and
- employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold1.
- Concessions for regional Australia will continue to be available:
- Employers in regional Australia will continue to have access to occupations under the temporary and permanent visas, to reflect their skills needs.
- Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.
- Significantly condensing the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa, from 19 April 2017.
The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.
Did you spend a lot of time, money and effort getting your 457 Visa so you could work in Australia temporarily?
Do you know that when working on a 457 Visa, if you lost your job, in 60 days it could all be gone?
The 457 Visa scheme is a short term TEMPORARY VISA and offers no guarantee to you or your family. With the 457 Visa, if your 457 Visa Employer Sponsor terminates your employment, then you may only be given 60 days to find a new 457 Visa approved Employer Sponsor, apply for another substantive visa or leave Australia!
Instead of returning to your country of origin if you lose your job or your 457 Visa expires, would you like to live and work in Australia with Permanent Residency?
Let our Migration Consultants assist you every step of the way through the process of changing from a 457 visa to Australian Permanent Residency.
Depending upon what visa is most suitable there may be matters relating to:
- English language requirements / IELTS
- Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa
- Short-Term stream of up to two years
- Medium-Term stream of up to four years
- Concessions for regional Australia
- The Skill Matching Database
- Australian Skills Recognition
- Skills Assessment
- Licensing or Registration
- Employer Sponsored Permanent Visa Charges
- Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 651 to 435 occupations, with 216 occupations removed and access to 59 other occupations restricted.
- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL)
- Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)
- Changes by December 2017
- Changes from March 2018
If you have any questions regarding in converting your 457 Visa application to permanent residency visa, kindly visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Do I have to work in Australia for two years on a 457 Visa before applying for a Permanent Resident Visa such as
Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Scheme (RSMS)
Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent (Permanent)
Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated (Permanent)
Subclass 489 Skilled – Regional Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional)
Top 15 Nominated Occupations for 457 Visa Primary Applications Granted
- 261312 Developer Programmer
- 351411 Cook
- 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager
- 225113 Marketing Specialist
- 261313 Software Engineer
- 261111 ICT Business Analyst
- 242111 University Lecturer
- 224711 Management Consultant
- 253111 General Practitioner
- 253112 Resident Medical Officer
- 351311 Chef
- 131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
- 221111 Accountant (General)
- 312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician
- 135112 ICT Project Manager
Top 15 Citizenship Countries for 457 Visa Primary Applications Granted
- United Kingdom
- China, Peoples Republic of
- United States of America
- Ireland, Republic of
- Korea, South
- South Africa
- Germany, Fed Republic of