April 18, 2017

No more 457 visa for foreign workers in Australia! Today, 18 April 2017, the Australian Government has announced to abolish the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457).

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, advised: “We are putting jobs first and we’re putting Australians first by abolishing 457 visas. We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

The Government plans to introduce a new visa called ‘Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa’ in March 2018.

The TSS visa program will be comprised of two streams:

1) Short-Term stream of up to two years with no permanent residence outcome at the end of that.

2) Medium-Term stream of up to four years. This will target higher skills, better English language skills and labour market testing. This stream can be applied for either offshore or onshore.

Here’s an overview of the major changes:

  • a requirement for visa applicants to have at least 2 years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
  • the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from 2 to 3 years
  • applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of application

Current 457 visa holders will not be affected by the changes and they will continue under the conditions of that visa.

Good news for businesses and applicants in regional Australia! The following concessions will be available:

  • Employers in regional Australia will continue to have access to occupations under the temporary and permanent visas, to reflect their skills needs.
  • Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.

Read the full overview here.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the Government would also reduce the number of occupations eligible to apply for Skilled Migration including the new visa commencing from 19 April 2017. Currently there are more than 650 occupations available on the Consolidated Skills Occupation List (CSOL).

In September 2016, there was 95,758 foreign workers holding a 457 visa in Australia. The majority of the visa holders were from India, which accounted for almost a quarter of the intake, followed by the UK at 19.5% and China at 5.8%.

Watch the video message from Prime Minister Turnbull here.

The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.

Please contact us should you, your business, your family or friends be affected by these changes.

November 21, 2016

Over the weekend, the Australian Government announced they will be cutting jobs from the occupations list for 457 visa applicants.  The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)  allows overseas workers and their families to stay in Australia for up to four years through sponsorship by an employer to fill specific positions Australian workers can’t. The list — which includes more than 650 occupations — is currently being reviewed.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said “I think the list at the moment is expansive and I think we’ll condense it and that work has already been underway for some time and we’ll have a look at that very soon.”

According to the Immigration Department, cooks were the most popular profession applied for by 457 visa holders, followed by cafe managers, marketing specialists and IT professionals.

View the full occupations list here. Is your occupation on it?

Start preparing your visa application NOW, before your occupation gets taken off the list. Contact us at Northern Immigration Australia- your immigration law & employment specialists! We have a 100% success rate and have helped many people from around the world to get their visas. Read about our previous clients here!

UPDATE: The below listed 52 jobs may get removed from the Skilled Occupation List. In particular, accountants, engineers, chefs, medical practitioners and lawyers may not be able to apply for skilled migration to Australia in the future.

Right now, the following occupations have been shortlisted for potential removal from the Skilled occupation list:

  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Accountant (General)
  • Management Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Land Economist
  • Valuer
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Ship’s Master
  • Ship’s Officer
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Anaesthetist
  • Cardiologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Paediatrician
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Medical Practitioners (nec)
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologists (nec)
  • Chef*
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Shipwright

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and lodge your visa application before your occupation gets taken off the list! Contact us for assistance.

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