457 Visa Changes

457 Visa Changes

Changes to the 457 Visa and the new STSOL & MLTSSL Lists

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister, announced that the 457 visa subclass is set to be replaced by Temporary Skills Shortage Visa. The 457 visa is the most common type of employer sponsored visa for immigration to Australia.

The changes include, but not limited to;

Changes to the occupations list
Over 200 occupations have been removed from the old occupations list which is divided into 2 parts. The Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) and Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Tax file numbers
Increased checks between the ATO and other government departments to ensure that 457 visa holders are not getting paid less than the minimum salary requirement, working multiple jobs or in breach of any other working condition.

English language requirements
Removal of English language exemption where the salary is over $96,400

New Temporary Skills Shortage Visa

The new visa, set to replace the 457 by March 2018, has two groups; Short Term Stream & Medium Term Stream. Each stream has different qualifying criteria and conditions.

Short Term Stream

Occupation must be on STSOL (or additional regional occupations)
2 year period
No pathway to Permanent Residency
IELTS score of 5 (min 4.5 each test)
2 years relevant work experience
Min salary requirement
Character & health checks
Workforce checks

Long Term Stream

Occupation must be on MLTSSL (or additional regional occupations)
Up to 4 years
Permanent Residency option after 3 years
IELTS score of 5
2 years relevant work experience
Min salary requirement
Character & health checks
Workforce checks

The Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration confirmed that existing 457 visa holders (as of 18 April 2017) will still be able to apply for a permanent visa and will not be affected by the following changes;

Any 457 sponsorship, nomination or visa applications that are NOT on the new list (please contact us to check your occupation) and NOT decided by 18th April 2017 will not be approved. It’s possible that some DIBP application fees may be available.

457 applications lodged from 19 April 2017 onwards will need to have the occupation on the Short term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) or Medium & Long Term Skills Strategic List (MLTSSL) occupation lists.

If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the STSOL list, it can only be granted for 2 years. There will be one (only) further extension allowed after that for another 2 years. You will not be allowed to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa under that occupation if it is on the STSOL.

If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 which is on the MLTSSL list, it can be granted for 4 years. You will be able to be apply for a permanent 186/187 visa after 3 years on a 457 visa if that company decides to nominate you.

From March 2018 the new TSS visa will have replaced the 457 visa. You will need to have 2 years work experience before applying and your occupation will have to be on the STSOL or MLTSSL lists. If you are on the STSOL list you will also have to show you only want to stay in Australia temporarily.

From March 2018 you need to have your occupation on the MLTSSL occupation list to apply for company/employer sponsored permanent residence. You will also need to commit to working for the company for 3 years, have an IELTS of 6+ and be under 45 years of age.

Were you thinking about applying for a 457 visa and now not sure what to do?

These changes to the 457 visa system mean that many people now have to change their strategy for migration to Australia. If you’re unsure what to do next, or unsure whether or not your chosen application is on the MLTSSL or STSOL lists then please get in contact with one of our experts. If you’re an employer, and not sure where this leaves you with regards to one of your sponsored workers, please get in touch.

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