The impact of the new proposed changes to the temporary skilled visa on migrants currently in Austra

If you are reading this article you are probably one of many people who is currently in Australia and has been affected by the new proposed changes to the 457 visa. You probably have a family and have been in Australia for several years now. You have invested all your savings in the pursue of a dream. A better life, not only for yourself, but for your children as well. As a migrant myself, I totally understand your stress. What now? Where do you go from here?

The new changes will only impact you if you are still waiting for a decision to be made on your current 457 visa application. If your visa has been granted, then you are in a safe position.

If you 457 visa application is still being processed, you need to check the following:

  1. Occupation still on the STSOL and/or MLTSSL list – no need to withdraw the application;

  2. Occupation has been removed from the STSOL and MLTSSL list – then, unfortunately, you need to withdraw your application and look at other options.

What changes are being implemented to the 457 visa subclass from July 2017?

  • Expanding the mandatory skills assessment – the TRA skills assessment programme will be expanded to include some additional nationalities for a small number of existing occupations only. This will apply to application lodged on or after 1 July 2017.

  • Introducing mandatory penal clearance checks;

  • Tightening existing training benchmarks; and

  • Removing English language exemption based on skilled migrant’s salary;

  • Further changes to the occupation list (STSOL and MLTSSL) – It is expected to include some additions and some removals from the list, as well as amendments to caveats on some occupations.

  • Additional changes to sponsorship accreditation arrangements that have since been approved for concurrent implementation.

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