457 visa changes: What you really need to know!

As a leading Australian Immigration Law Firm and masters of migration and visa law AR LAW Services has been inundated by questions regarding the recent changes to the 457 visa program.

As a member of two of Australia’s peak migration law bodies we have had many discussions with the relevant departmental personnel and this is their position as at today’s date:

Firstly – you can still apply for a 457 visa.

But there have been changes:   As of 19 April 2017:

• the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced with the new  Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL);

• the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced with the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL);

• there has been a reduction of 216 occupations available for subclass 457 visa programme applications;

• 59 caveats now apply to specified occupations – these either relate to work experience, regional location or are occupation specific; and

• new visa validity periods also apply under the standard subclass 457 programme with a maximum 2 year period available for occupations that are eligible for the subclass 457 programme but not on the new MLTSSL.

One of the more “confusing” changes and changes that may still prove to be “unlawful” is that of the concept of caveats  and the applying these caveats.

Given the lack of clarity on this issue we would strongly urge that if you or someone you know has a 457 visa pending or is thinking of applying for a 457 visa you contact AR LAW Services urgently and make an appointment with a Master Migration Lawyer regarding your options.

Call 03 9614 0218 or email info@arlaw.com.au to make an initial 30 Minute consultation at our Melbourne office. (conditions apply)

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Note: this update, or any previous updates on this page, do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please call our office to seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content on this page