Update: Australia to stop 457 Visa, New Visa to Replace 457


Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is axing the 457 visa program for skilled migrants.

The prime minister said Australia was a successful multicultural "immigration nation" but it was time to put "Australians first."

"The fact remains Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs," he said in a video posted to Facebook today (1/4/2017).

"We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians."

Turnbull has said "The 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically designed to recruit the best and the brightest in the national interest, The new visa will better target genuine skills shortages, including in regional Australia."

The new visa program will include requirements around work experience, English language proficiency and labour market testing.

UPDATE on New Australian Temporary Working Visa Scheme:

  • The new visa program will include requirements around work experience, English language proficiency and labour market testing.

  • The new visa will include a short term two-year stream with a broad list of occupations reduced from the current list of more than 200.

  • A second visa class, focused on strategic, long-term skills gaps will have a four-year limit and require a higher standard of English than the two-year visa.

  • Both visas will require prior work experience.

  • Both visas will require a criminal record check, which is not currently required.

  • The four-year visa would also require mandatory labour market testing in the majority of cases.

  • The new two-year visa will not allow permanent residency.

  • Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements and will continue under their current conditions. The new scheme will require employers to advertise jobs before filling them with foreign workers.

  • A fee of $1,150 will apply for the short term visa, while medium-term applicants will pay $2,400.

In the meanwhile there have been reports that people currently on 457 Visas will remain and be phased out. Again when more information comes to light we will let you know.

If you require assistance with you Australian Visa or PR applications please contact Sophos Migration today.

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