Recently the Minister for Immigration announced that from March, the 457 visa class will abolished. It will be replaced with a new Temporary Skills Shortage visa. This will be similar to the 457 whose eligibility is as follows:
Company-sponsored visas can be either temporary (for example 457 visas) or permanent (for example Employer Nomination Scheme visas), Applying for a 457 visa usually involves :
- Sponsorship by an Australian company that can show that they have a record of employing and training Australians (generally a company must show that it allocates at least 1% of its gross wages bill to training of its Australian staff)
- A minimum salary of $53,900 (current 1 Jan 2018) must currently be paid and in addition the sponsored worker must be paid no less than an Australia performing the same work at the same location
- The sponsored worker must have a skill on either the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
- Workers on a 457 visa are given either a 2 year or a 4 years temporary visa and can bring their family members with them – spouses have unrestricted work rights on the 457 of their partners and their children are entitled to attend local schools.
- some 457 visa holders can apply for permanent residency through their employers or they can be sponsored outright for permanent residency by their employers without having to first apply for a 457 visa.
From March 2018 only TSS visas can be applied for. These will be granted on a similar basis to the old 457’s but will be valid for 4 years if the relevant occupation is on the MLTSSL, or for only 2 years if on the STSOL
If you are interested in applying for a company sponsored (457) visa, please fill in our questionnaire and we will advise you of your suitability.