AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished
The Australian government announced yesterday that the Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to be in place by March 2018. Those currently on a 457 visa will be grandfathered in and continue under the conditions of that visa.
New TSS Visa
Valid for up to two years Not eligible for permanent residence
Valid for up to four years Eligible for permanent residence
Tightening of English language requirements
Applicants must have at least three years’ work experience Applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application Employers must strengthen their contribution to the training of Australian workers New Occupations List Employers must meet the minimum Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold
Stay tuned for news of the implementation of the TSS visa.