The Australian government’s changes to the 457 visa came into effect on 1 July, 2017. The occupations list for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas have been updated in a bid to reflect the genuine skill needs in the labour market and put more Australians into the workforce. The 457 visa will be replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (to be called the TSS) visa in March 2018.
How these changes could affect you
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, there are a number of changes including mandatory criminal checks for new visa applicants, and exemptions to the English test have now been removed and replaced with a new English language requirement. There is also now a requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation as well as a minimum market salary rate and mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided. For a complete list of changes, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website here.
How Grace Mobility Specialists can work with you to review and develop mobility programmes in line with 457 visa changes
Since the changes to the 457 and PR visa programmes this year, some companies have been impacted more than others. Those who are impacted have had to create new policy frameworks to accommodate short term assignments rather than looking at permanent opportunities. At Grace, we continue to support the HR functions of these companies to review their practices and make changes accordingly to ensure they are compliant with Australian immigration legislation.
Changes to the 457 visa affect each individual differently and each situation has its own challenges. As an employer, it’s important to be aware of the impact that these changes could have on your team. Our team of Mobility Specialists provides support in the form of email alerts when new changes are announced and face to face support with HR functions to provide further guidance and advice on specific applications or employees. Grace will also provide you with advice around recruitment, applications that have been submitted and staff members who might have already qualified for a visa and how this might impact them.
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