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457 Abolished | The Real Changes That Will Affect You Now

VisaOne
19 April, 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A surprising announcement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, that the Australian government will be abolishing the 457 program and replacing it with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which will officially come into effect in March of 2018 (next year).

This has created a ripple effect of fear, confusion and uncertainty for 457 visa applicants, and 457 sponsors, which include small businesses, medium-to-large organisations and even government bodies who all utilise the 457 program to fill a wide array of skilled vacancies with skilled workers from around the globe, including Europe, Asia and the Americas.

It is important to know that the transition of changes of the move from the current 457 program to the new TSS visa has already begun. Reforms have come into effect from today starting with the occupation lists, and more changes to follow this coming 1st of July 2017. Below are the immediate changes, effective from today, that may affect your 457 visa/nomination/sponsorship:

Changes commencing on the 19th April (today):

So what does this mean for you as an applicant or employer?

This means that depending on your occupation or vacant position:

  1. You will not be able to use the 457 program for occupations that have been removed from the occupations lists.
  2. For the remaining occupations, on the new lists, you can still use the 457 program but some restrictions may apply to your occupation, or will only be allowed for regional work purposes.
  3. The maximum period of the visa validity of 457 visas granted from the 19th of April 2017 onwards will vary depending on what list the occupation/vacancy falls under (STSOL vs MSTSSL).

Current 457 visa holders are not affected by the change and their visas will continue to remain in effect. The only time where the changes will affect current 457 visa holders is if they intend to switch employers, which requires a new 457 nomination (which will be subject to the new occupation lists and associated restrictions).

Current 457 nomination and visa applications that have been lodged on or before the 18th of April 2017 (where the application/s have not yet been finalised) will be affected by the new occupation lists. The Department of Immigration have advised that applications affected by the changes may be eligible for a refund of their nomination fee and visa application fee.

If you are about to embark on a 457 case (or if you are in the middle of the process), please make sure you understand the above changes and consult with an experienced registered migration agent who can navigate the changes and offer you advice and assistance to help you, moving forward.

If you require professional assistance with your matter, please email us at solutions@VisaOne.com.au. Due to the sudden nature of the announcement made regarding the 457 visa program, you may experience 1-2 business days of delay in our response to your enquiry.

If you have an urgent case matter which requires immediate intervention and you wish to engage us to professionally assist with your case, please call us on 1300 61 99 77 (or +61 7 3181 5588) and clearly describe your situation (such as your occupation, the status of your application and any other problems you require immediate assistance with).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="It doesn't cost you to know your options" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23288bd0" google_fonts="font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal" css=".vc_custom_1493284229331{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title=" 1300 619 977" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#333333" btn_bg_color="" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" icon="Defaults-phone" icon_size="32" icon_color="#288bd0" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="3" el_class="ubtn123" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284369687{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:34px;" btn_line_height="desktop:34px;"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][ult_buttons btn_title="FREE VISA ASSESSMENT" btn_align="ubtn-center" btn_size="ubtn-large" btn_title_color="#ffffff" btn_bg_color="#ff8200" btn_hover="ubtn-fade-bg" btn_bg_color_hover="#ff9b30" btn_title_color_hover="#ffffff" icon_size="32" btn_icon_pos="ubtn-sep-icon-at-left" btn_border_style="solid" btn_color_border="#ff8200" btn_border_size="0" btn_radius="5" el_class="sg-popup-id-2" css_adv_btn=".vc_custom_1493284465384{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}" btn_font_style="font-weight:bold;" btn_font_size="desktop:20px;" btn_line_height="desktop:20px;"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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34 comments on “457 Abolished | The Real Changes That Will Affect You Now”

  1. Hi there,

    I received my 457 Visa in January 2016, but was made redundant from that position in October 2016. I have since transferred by visa to a new employer. I am trying to understand my options for Permanent Residency - am I still legible for this, given the ew changes? And do I still have to work for my new company for 2 years, or are there any exemptions if you have been in Australia for a length of time and made redundant? Is there any employee nominated schemes for Permanent Residency that can help here?

    Thank you!
    Anna

  2. Hi I'm current 457 Visa holder from Feb this year. Can I still apply for 186 visa after Feb 2019?
    Is there any condition change for my situation?

    1. Hi Abi,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  3. Hello, my 457 visa was approved on November 2016, however my current occupation was removed on April 19th 2017. Will I still be able to apply for PR in 2 years? Will this affect my current 457 visa status? Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Mhari,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  4. Hi. I got my 457 visa in August 2016, is it possible to apply for PR this year? If according to the new list, my occupation skill is in STSOL.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Mohan,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  5. Hi. I am planning to apply for Visa 457. My occupation is still on the STSOL and Medium Term List. However, I only have 1.5years of experience, am I still eligible to apply for 457 visa or the minimum 2 years experience is already in effect? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jamie,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  6. I am already 457 visa holder from July 2016 and my occupation is on STSOL list, am I still eligible for apply my PR in July 2018.

    1. Hi Pardeep,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  7. I am on the 457 visa but my job has now been removed from the Occupation List. Will I still be able to apply for the 186 visa via the Transition Stream after my 2 years is completed with my employer?

    1. Hi Stacy,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  8. Hi ,is it possible to apply 187 visa through TRT stream because i am going to complete 2 years on 457 visa in regional area after 13th of July 2017 and my visa will expiry on 12th August 2017. I am just wondering whether the new changes on 457 visa gonna effect me or not ?

    1. Hi Shishir,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  9. Hi. I got my 457 visa in July 2016, is that possible apply for PR Next year July 2018? If according to the new list, my occupation skill is in STSOL.
    Thanks

  10. Hi ,

    My application for the 456 visa has been lodged last month. My occupation is not on the list (restaurant manager)I'm deeply concerned to get rejected. Please need some advice

    1. Hi Monja,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  11. Hi, I got my 457 visa in March 2016, will I be able to apply for my 186 in March 2018? Will I still be able to obtain a permanent residency? please note that my job is not any longer on the lists.

    1. Hi Vincenzo,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  12. Hi there, I've been on a 457 visa for 3 years and 2 months however have left my original employer and recently returned. In September I would've worked 3 years for them, would I be able to apply for PR then?
    Thanks

  13. Same situation, lodged on 6th April 2017. Thank god, occupation is still on the list but I do not fulfill the minimum 2 years work experience until August 2017. My employer is deeply concerned if it will be rejected based on that.

    1. Hi Angie,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  14. Hi I am also same as satya, but my 2 years completion will be October 2017. my employer happy to go further but my occupation STSOL. I GOT MY 457 VISA 0CTOBER 2015.

    1. Hi Sybil,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

  15. Hi. I got my 457 visa in July 2016, is that possible apply for PR Next year July 2018? If according to the new list, my occupation skill is in STSOL.
    Thanks

  16. I am in the same situation as Staya...457 lodged in December, medicals complete. Advice needed please

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you as well via email. 🙂

  17. Hi, how do these changes affect if the application for 457 visa prior to 18 April 2017 and medicals have already been completed, does this mean we have to start application process from scratch again? we logged in dec 2016

    1. Hi Satya,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. 🙂

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