ROAD MAP OF 457, RSMS CHANGES:
On 18 April 2017, the Turnbull government announced the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The Government has adopted a new “Australians first” approach to skilled migration, announcing it will abolish the controversial 457 visa program for temporary skilled migrants. The existing scheme will be replaced by two temporary skills shortage visas that will enforce tougher English language tests (IELTS), stricter labour market testing, at least two years of work experience and a compulsory police check.
Implementation of the new visa will begin immediately, with full implementation to be completed by March 2018.
The 457 visa will be replaced initially by a new temporary two-year visa specifically designed to recruit the ‘best and the brightest’ in the national interest, Mr Turnbull said.
“We are putting jobs first, we are putting Australians first,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. “We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains that Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs.
“Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs, so we are abolishing the 457 visa, the visa that brings temporary foreign workers into our country. We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”
The announcement follows a crackdown on 457 visas last month, when Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, said the Government would scrap the fast-track arrangements in place for 457 skilled work visas for fast food chains.
As of September 2016, there were over 95,000 457 visa holders employed in Australia with India, United Kingdom and China making up over half of the current visa holders. The total number of 457 visa holders is equal to less than 1 per cent in the Australian labour market.
❌❌Summary of 457, 186 and 187 changes.❌❌
Any 457 sponsorship, nomination or visa applications that are NOT listed in the relevant Instrument IMMI 17/040 (check any notes against your occupation) and NOT decided by 18th April 2017 will no longer be able to be approved.
Refund of DIBP application fees may be available.
Any new 457 applications lodged from 19 April 2017 onwards will have to have their occupation on the STSOL or MLTSSL occupation lists.
If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the STSOL list, it can only be granted for 2 years. There will be one (only) further extension allowed after that for another 2 years.You will not be allowed to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa under that occupation if it is on the STSOL.
if you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the MLTSSL list, it can be granted for 4 years. You will be able to be apply for a permanent 186/187 visa after 3 years on a 457 visa if that company decides to nominate you.
From March 2018 the new TSS visa will have replaced the 457 visa.
You will need to have 2 years work experience before applying and your occupation will have to be on the STSOL or MLTSSL lists.
If you are on the STSOL list you will also have to show you only want to stay in Australia temporarily.
From March 2018 you need to have your occupation on the MLTSSL occupation list to apply for company/employer sponsored permanent residence.
You will also need to commit to working for the company for 3 years, have an IELTS of 6+ and be under 45 years of age.
Some consequences of this:
Occupations such as cook and restaurant manager are on the STSOL list.
While you can still be sponsored for 2 years by a restaurant on the 457 visa and gain another 2 year extension, you can no longer apply for a permanent visa unless it is added to the MLTSSL list for you being in a designated regional area.
Retail manager is still available in regional areas for the 187 visa at the moment. But from March 2018 this will not be the case, as this occupation is not on the MLTSSL list.
Most student graduates will not be eligible for temporary or permanent company sponsorship after March 2018 as you require at least 2 years FULL-TIME WORK EXPERIENCE first.
The Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration confirmed that existing 457 visa holders (as of 18 April 2017) will still be able to apply for a Permanent visa and will not be affected by these changes.
🔰Timeline of future 457 changes are:
from 19 April 2017 – 216 occupations removed and 59 others restricted, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia, Occupational lists renamed, validity period for occupations on STSOL 2 years.
from 01 July 2017 – English salary exemption $96,400 to be removed, training benchmarks to be changed, mandatory penal clearance certificates.
before 31 December 2017 – collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching, publication of sanctioned sponsors.
from March 2018 – 457 visa abolished and replaced with TSS visa which will comprise the Short-Term(2 years) and Medium-Term stream(4 years).
⭕️Timeline of future 186/187 changes are:
from 19 April 2017 – CSOL condensed, 216 occupations removed, 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia, Occupational lists renamed as STSOL and MLTSSL.
from 01 July 2017 – review of STSOL and MLTSSL, IELTS 6 required in each component, changes in age (DE stream 45 years old, no change to TRT).
before 31 December 2017 -collection of TFN for 457 visa holders for ATO data matching, publication of sanctioned sponsors.
from March 2018 – the MLTSSL will apply to ENS/RSMS with additional regional occupations, Market salary rate will apply and meet TSMIT, eligibility period for PR extended from 2 to 3 years, at least 3 years’ work experience required, under 45 years of age, contribution towards training fund.
Source:MIGRATION INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
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