duration of sponsorship approvals as follows:
- From 12 months to
18 months for start up businesses that have traded for less than 12
- From 3 years to 5 years for most businesses that have
traded for more than 12 months
flexibility when it comes to complying with sponsorship obligations
- Extending time to notify the
Department of a notifiable event from 10 working days to 28 days
- Removing the obligation to inform the Department
about a 457 visa holder’s change of duties if their new occupation begins with
the same four digit ANZSCO code as their previously nominated occupation
- For example,
a person is nominated for
Accountant (221111) and they then progress to the occupation of Taxation
business sponsors into three streams based on risk factors including the
business size, occupation, salary and sponsor’s past compliance.
Business sponsors found to fall within Stream 1 would have their
applications processed faster and have less requirements imposed on the
nomination and visa applications.
|Labour Market Testing (“LMT”)
Abolishing the current requirement for LMT and replacing
it with more specific and targeted LMT for occupations considered to be in
over-supply or over-used.
|Eligible 457 visa occupations
- Allowing industries to present evidence that a
skilled occupation exists which is not currently defined in the Australian and
New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
- Allowing industries to seek to have new skilled
occupations defined and added to the list of eligible 457 visa occupations
|Prospective 457 visa applicants
||English language requirement
Introducing more flexible
ways of satisfying the English language requirement including:
- Lowering the score needed on an IELTS test to an
average of 5
- Accepting results from other test
- Exemptions based on the nominated occupation;
- Expanding the list of exempt
passport holders; AND
- Allowing those who have studied in English at a
secondary and/or higher education institution for 5 cumulative years to be
able to meet this requirement.
fees, especially for secondary visa applicants and those applying for another
457 visa which some stakeholders consider to be excessive.
This would see (as
yet unspecified) changes to the following visa charges:
- Primary applicants
Secondary applicants over 18 years $AUD 1035
Secondary applicants under 18 years $AUD 260
- Subsequent Temporary Application Charge $AUD 700
| Existing 457 visa holders
||Age limit for Employer Nominated visas
current age limit of 50 for primary 457 visa holders wanting to transition to
permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream
(“TRTS”) of the Employer Nomination Scheme (“ENS”) or Regional Sponsored
Migration Scheme (“RSMS”).
Currently, primary 457 visa holders wanting to apply for a permanent
visa through the TRTS must be under 50 at the time they lodge their
|Direct pathways to permanent residence for secondary
for partners of primary sponsored 457 visa holders to secure permanent
residence through the TRTS of the ENS or RSMS.
Currently, only primary 457 visa holders may lodge a permanent
visa application under the TRTS and if they wish, include their partner.