Further Government statement on Subclass 457 review.
October 16, 2014

Further Government statement on Subclass 457 review.

The Federal Government has announced the following changes to the 457 programme:

•    streamline the processing of sponsorship, nomination and visa applications to reward low risk applicants and refocus compliance and monitoring activities on high risk applicants;
•    increase the sponsorship approval period from 12 to 18 months for start-up businesses, to give start-ups more time to make their businesses sustainable;
•    provide greater flexibility in relation to English language testing and skill requirements for 457 applicants, to ensure that the standards required are appropriate for the industries and occupations being sought; and
•    retain the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold at $53 900, ahead of a review within the next two years.

The Government’s statement also said that safeguards will remain in place to ensure that the 457 visa programme is not rorted. It will continue to be a requirement that a foreign worker receives at least the same market rates and conditions that are paid to an Australian doing the same job in the same workplace.

Alliance International Migration Services (AIMS) is available to assist sponsors and applicants with 457 visas. Contact us today for a no-obligation chat on +61 3 9078 6819 or support@thinkvisa.com.au. Alternatively, visit www.thinkvisa.com.au for more information, including details of our temporary visa credentials, fixed price offering and free online assessment option.

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