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June 2, 2017

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Abolishment of subclass 457 visa

June 2, 2017

 

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced significant changes to employer sponsored skilled migration visas. The first is the establishment of the subclass 457 visas in favour of the new Temporary Skills Shortage visa (TSS visa). Significant changes have also been announced to the employer sponsored permanent visas. 

 

 What do employers need to know now?

  • Applications for new 457 visas lodged before 18 April 2017 and not yet determined may be affected by these changes.

  • Applications lodged for occupations that are no longer eligible for subclass 457 visas can be withdrawn with application fees refunded.

  • Employers with plans to sponsor employees on 457 visas in the immediate future should ensure that the relevant occupation is on the newly issued Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) or Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and that the occupation is not subject to a caveat restricting its use for the 457 programme.  

  • From March 2018, the 457 visa will no longer be available and the new TSS visa will be introduced.

 

Changes to 457

From 19 April 2017 - Changes to Subclass 457 temporary skilled work visas

  • Introduction of STSOL and MLTSSL, removing 216 occupations from the current list of occupations able to be sponsored for 457 visas and placing caveats on 59 other occupations

  • STSOL to be reviewed every 6 months

  • Maximum duration of 457 visas issued for occupations on the STSOL will be two years

  • 457 visas issued for occupations on the MLTSSL remains four years

From 1 July 2017 - Changes to Subclass 457 temporary skilled work visas

  • STSOL and MLTSSL to be reviewed further

  • Police checks mandatory for all 457 visa applicants

  • Abolition of current salary exemption to the English language requirement which exempts applicants whose salary is over $96,400 from the requirement to demonstrate proficiency in English to a requisite standard

  • Changes to policies around training benchmark requirement

Before 31 December 2017 - Changes to Subclass 457 temporary skilled work visas

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will collect tax file numbers for all visa holders and match data with Australian Tax office records to confirm salaries paid to visa holders

  • The DIBP will publish details relating to sponsors who are sanctioned for failing to meet their obligations under migration legislation

From March 2018 - Changes to Subclass 457 temporary skilled work visas

  • 457 visa abolished and replaced with the TSS visa

 

Changes to ENS and RSMS

From 19 April 2017 -  Changes to employer nominated permanent residency visas 

  • Visa applicants' occupations must be on the STSOL or MLTSSL to be eligible to apply for employer sponsored permanent residency

 

From 1 July 2017 - Changes to employer nominated permanent residency visas 

  •  Applicants must have an International English Language Testing System or equivalent test score of 6 in each component (currently unclear whether current exemptions to the English language requirement will continue to apply)

  • Direct Entry applicants must be under the age of 45 at the time of application (currently 50)

 

Before 31 December 2017 - Changes to employer nominated permanent residency visas 

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will collect tax file numbers for all visa holders and match data with Australian Tax office records to confirm salaries paid to visa holders

  • The DIBP will publish details relating to sponsors who are sanctioned for failing to meet their obligations under migration legislation

 

From March 2018 - Changes to employer nominated permanent residency visas 

  • Applicants' occupations must be on the MLTSSL to apply for employer sponsored permanent residency

  • Applicants must have at least three years' relevant work experience in the nominated occupation

  • All applicants must be under the age of 45 at the time of application

  • 457 visa holders eligible to apply after they have worked in the same occupation with their nominating employer for three years (currently two)

  • Changes to requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers 

 

New TSS visa from March 2018

How will the TSS visa differ from the current 457 visa? The TSS visa will be made up of two streams, with the following criteria and restrictions to apply: 

 

Short-term stream

  • For occupations on the STSOL

  • Granted for a maximum term of two years

  • Visa can be renewed onshore once only

  • Applicant must demonstrate that they genuinely intend to only stay in Australia temporarily

  • No permanent residency pathway

  • Applicants must have an International English Language Testing System or equivalent test score of 5, with a minimum score of 4.5 in each component (currently unclear whether current exemptions to the English language requirement will continue to apply)

Long-term stream

  • Occupation must be on the MLTSSL

  • Granted for a maximum of four years

  • Can be renewed onshore

  • Permanent residency pathway for holders after three years

  • Applicants must have an International English Language Testing System or equivalent test score of 6 in each component (currently unclear whether current exemptions to the English language requirement will continue to apply)

Both streams

  • All applicants must have two years relevant work experience (recent graduates not eligible)

  • Labour market testing will be mandatory - employers will be required to advertise the position locally to "test" whether there are suitability qualified Australian citizens or permanent residents who are available to fill the position before sponsoring a TSS visa

  • Mandatory police checks for all applicants

  • Employers must meet a non-discriminatory workforce test

  • Employers must meet requirement to contribute towards Australian workers (to be strengthened from current requirements)

 

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