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    Existing 457 Visa holders – Can I Still Get PR?

    It’s fair to say, the recent announcement that the current 457 Visa system will be scrapped, has caused some concern and angst for 457 Visa holders hoping to gain Permanent Residency (PR) at the end of the 457 Period. We’ve had various comments in response to our recent articles including questions along the lines of […] More

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    457 Visa To Be Abolished – Replaced With New TSS Visa

    Today, (18 April 2017), the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. Introducing the TSS Visa Program The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years […] More

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    457 Visa Holders School Fees – South Australia

    The South Australian state government is introducing a fee for families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools in South Australia. These proposed changes would bring South Australia in line with a number of other Australian states and territories including; Western Australia (WA), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). 457 Visa […] More

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    Time Slashed For 457 Visa Holders To Find A New Job

    The Australian government has made changes to the Australian Migration Regulations by amending condition 8107 to provide that a 457 visa holder can only remain in Australia without valid employment for a maximum of 60 days. The relevant section used to enable the holder to cease employment for 90 days which would give a 457 […] More

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    Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

    On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash announced an Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme. In mid-March 2014 the panel began a period of extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including industry groups, unions, peak bodies, academics, 457 programme sponsors and State, Territory and Commonwealth government […] More

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    Highly Skilled Occupations Exempted From Labour Market Testing

    The Australian Immigration department has announced that employers recruiting for ‘highly skilled occupations’ will be exempted from the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement and therefore will not need to advertise jobs in Australia before offering them to temporary foreign workers. In June 2013, Australia’s previous Labor government passed legislation which required Australian employers to advertise […] More

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    457 Visa Retail Jobs On The Rise In Australia

    The number of retailer sponsored 457 Visa’s is on the rise with Australian retailers searching overseas for skilled staff because years of cost-cutting, under-investment in training and the online retail boom has led to a critical skills shortage in the retail sector. Experienced merchandisers, planners, buyers and e-commerce managers are in hot demand in the […] More

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    IT Workers On 457 Visas Needed To Plug The Gap

    A state parliamentary inquiry into skills shortages is yet to hear from the Australian technology industry, but it has already signaled it will make recommendations to the federal government on 457 visas. The NSW inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development has held two hearings, it has two more scheduled, in Coffs Harbour […] More

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    New School Fees For Parents On 457 Visas

    If you have children and are considering a move to Western Australia on a 457 Visa then I’m afraid your journey down under looks likely to be a slightly more expensive one. Following changes flagged in the recent Western Australian budget, from January 2014 a new $4,000 fee per child per year will apply if […] More

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    Changes to the Australian 457 Visa Program

      We’ve already written about the new laws being brought in this month to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system, however we’ve  recently received a number of questions about the changes which we thought we would try to address within this post. The changes are being implemented to ensure ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine […] More

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    Australian 457 Laws Changed To Protect Local Jobs

    New laws to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system will ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said legislation that passed through Parliament today would protect local workers and ensure young people did not miss […] More

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    Australian 457 Visa Program To Be Clamped Down

    He’s only been in charge for a month however new Australian immigration minister Brendan O’Connor, has announced changes to the Australian 457 Visa program following evidence that one of the country’s main temporary work visas is being abused by Australian companies to undercut Australian workers and has announced a crackdown. The federal government accused some employers […] More

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