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AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished

, 19/04/2017

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

Short-Term Stream

Valid for up to two years
Not eligible for permanent residence

Medium-Term Stream

Valid for up to four years
Eligible for permanent residence

Key Reforms

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

Action Items

Stay tuned for news of the implementation of the TSS visa.