We know that some of our clients and many others are concerned over the 457 visa changes. The 457 visa has been a hot topic in the media since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on April the 18th that the program will be abolished.
There is a lot of speculation amongst the facts that are being put out there so we are writing today, with the support of our colleagues of People Migration Consulting to provide some clarification.
Please know that there is no need to panic. Changes will come into effect between April 19th 2017 and March 2018, with these occurring in stages. Our Migration Director Kellee Gray (MARN 1678793), has broken these up below outlining firstly, what has changed as of today, secondly what will change on July 1st 2017 and finally what is proposed to change.
The 457 visa will be abolished, but replaced by a similar visa- the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa in March 2018. The TSS will comprise of 2 streams:
The visa will aim to address genuine skill shortages, with similar requirements to the 457 in addition to:
New Occupation Lists
As of 19th April 2017, the occupation lists have changed:
This lists have been released but will be reviewed again in July 2017.
Changes to 457 Validity period
The period of grant for new 457 visas has been changed. New visa periods are:
Introduction of ‘Caveats’ for Certain Occupations
Some occupations, whilst on the relevant occupation lists, will need to satisfy additional criteria for the 457 program. This has been introduced as ‘Caveats’ or notes on certain occupations and has been separated into 3 groups:
always check the requirements for your specific occupation when assessing eligibility under the 457 program.
The following is proposed to come into effect from 1 July 2017:
We will provide further information on this as it is released.
What else will be changing?
They will be tightening requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas including:
There is no date for these changes as yet and no specific details released but we will continue to advise and review eligibility for all applications.
The good news is that Medical Practitioners are not greatly affected at this time. General Practitioners have been included on both the MLTSSL and STSOL so will be eligible for the 2 year and 4 year visa. There are no occupation specific requirements for GPs that have been introduced. There is talk about changes in English requirements for GPs but this is not different at this point.
Further changes will occur after July 2017 and we will release the updates as we receive them both on this blog and on our social media business pages People Medical Consulting and People Migration Consulting
We understand what a trying time this must be, with such uncertainty and we want to do all we can to provide clear, concise information so that you can feel safe. You are not alone.