BREAKING NEWS: 457 visa to be abolished

No more 457 visa for foreign workers in Australia! Today, 18 April 2017, the Australian Government has announced to abolish the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457).

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, advised: “We are putting jobs first and we’re putting Australians first by abolishing 457 visas. We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

The Government plans to introduce a new visa called ‘Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa’ in March 2018.

The TSS visa program will be comprised of two streams:

1) Short-Term stream of up to two years with no permanent residence outcome at the end of that.

2) Medium-Term stream of up to four years. This will target higher skills, better English language skills and labour market testing. This stream can be applied for either offshore or onshore.

Here’s an overview of the major changes:

  • a requirement for visa applicants to have at least 2 years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
  • the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from 2 to 3 years
  • applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of application

Current 457 visa holders will not be affected by the changes and they will continue under the conditions of that visa.

Good news for businesses and applicants in regional Australia! The following concessions will 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.

Read the full overview here.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the Government would also reduce the number of occupations eligible to apply for Skilled Migration including the new visa commencing from 19 April 2017. Currently there are more than 650 occupations available on the Consolidated Skills Occupation List (CSOL).

In September 2016, there was 95,758 foreign workers holding a 457 visa in Australia. The majority of the visa holders were from India, which accounted for almost a quarter of the intake, followed by the UK at 19.5% and China at 5.8%.

Watch the video message from Prime Minister Turnbull here.

The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.

Please contact us should you, your business, your family or friends be affected by these changes.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Joonoh Zang on April 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia,
    This is a big shock. Will this stay, or can change? I’m HR Advisor and wanted to apply for a visa in Australia. Can I apply? Can you help me!
    Thank you.

    • Manuela Seiberth on May 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Dear Joonoh,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, we understand the changes to immigration law by the Australian Government in April are significant and many people are affected.
      Not only have there been changes to the 457 visa but also to the Skills Occupation lists. More than 200 occupations have been removed including Human Resources Advisor. Do you have any managerial experience? HR Managers are still able to apply for Australian visas. Please feel free to contact us and we can conduct an assessment of your circumstances and options.

        The assessment includes the following services:
        – Advice on available pathways
        – Visa requirements
        – Pros and cons of each option
        – Indicative costs and processing times

        We are looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. Michael Deval on June 1, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    My employer wants to sponsor me. Can I still apply for a 457?

    Thanks!

    • Manuela Seiberth on June 2, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment. The 457 visa is still available until March 2018. However, the new rules introduced in April 2017 apply for all new applications.
      Please contact us if you want to speak to a visa & immigration specialist. We can explain the changes and how it affects your individual case. We can also speak with your employer.

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