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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