The Australian Government have announced proposed changes to the Subclass 457 Visa to be rolled out between now and Mar 2018, culminating with the 457 visa being replaced by a new ‘Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS)’ visa.
From Apr 2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) and Skilled Occupations List (SOL) have been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) respectively. The changes to the list also include the removal of 200+ occupations.
Full details of the proposals can be found here: Proposed changes to 457 visas.
If you are a new 457 visa candidate unsure of how the proposals will affect you, or an existing 457 holder requiring information on future applications or Permanent Residency pathways, please feel free to contact a member of our team who will be happy to discuss.
There has been some important news for applicants of the following visa classes who have been patiently waiting for a resolution of their matter.
The Assistant Minister for immigration has set a cap for offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which takes effect on 22 September 2015. The following offshore GSM visas are affected:
- Skilled Independent (subclass 175)
- Skilled Sponsored (subclass 176)
- Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 475).
The cap sets the maximum number of places that can be granted in the 2015–16 financial year for these visa subclasses. This total has already been reached. Therefore, applications for these visas that were not finalised before 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made and the relevant visa application charge will be repaid to affected applicants.
The DIBP have advised that applicants affected by the cap and cease arrangements are eligible for a refund of the visa application charge and must claim the refund using Form 1424
Completed forms and supporting documents can be sent to Cap&CeaseRepayments@border.gov.au and further information on this can be found on the DIBP’s website
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