When ever I see 457 news I take it with a grain of salt. But it is the political hot potato and labor despite recording higher 457 grant numbers than the current government continue to berate the 457 and use it for political gain (or fear tactics).
So here is a breakdown.
Firstly the 457 has not been abolished. Yet. Anyone holding a 457 will continue to hold their 457. And you can still lodge a 457 under the new guidelines until the new visa is implimented (Estimated to be completed by March 2018).
These changes affect a range of temporary and permanent visas, including:
- The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457);
- The Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186);
- The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489);>
- The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190);
- The Skilled Independent (subclass 189);
- The Training visa (subclass 407); and
- The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).
So why did they announce the 457 was dead – Political gain – attention… It’s not dead but it is certainly dying.
The 457 will be abolished in a staged role out.
- Stage 1 – 19th of April 2018 The skilled occupations lists will be renamed. The lists will now be called the:
- Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and
- Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) as the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
- 216 occupations removed from the list of eligible occupations (see Below); and
- Caveats added to 59 other occupations
What is changing for 1 July 2017?
Further changes to the subclass 457 programme are planned for 1 July 2017. These include:
- possible further adjustments to eligible occupation lists;
- an expansion of client cohorts for whom mandatory skills assessments are required;
- minor changes to the training benchmarks for subclass 457 sponsors; and
- subclass 457 programme no longer excluded from standard policy around penal checks –with police certificates required to be provided from countries a visa applicant has lived in as per current policy for other visa subclasses.
So the 457 is not dead – not yet, But it certainly on the way out – to be replaced by another visa to fill shortfalls for Australian business.
If you are or are concerned you may be affected by these changes contact Active Migration Australia to discuss possible options for your future in Australia.
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