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Changes to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for 457 visas

The contents of this article are correct as at 26 July 2010.

Effective 1 July 2010 there was an increase in the TSMIT for 457 visa nominations.

The new TSMIT is set at $47,480 (up from $45,220). This increase is based on the annual seasonally-adjusted wage change for all Australians which is currently five percent. The TSMIT is set at a level to ensure that all subclass 457 visa holders have sufficient income to independently provide for themselves in Australia.

In summary, unless certain exceptions apply, a nomination application lodged on or after 1 July 2010, will not be approved unless the TSMIT is at least $47,480.

By way of reminder, there is also a separate requirement for standard business sponsors of 457 visa holders to pay their overseas workers market salary rates. This means:

  • If the market rate for an occupation is below TSMIT, nominations for that occupation will likely be refused even if the worker’s actual salary is above TSMIT; and
  • If the market rate for an occupation is above TSMIT, nominations for that occupation will likely be refused if the worker’s actual salary is above TSMIT but below market rate.

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