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Subclass 457 visa changes in Australia

September 2013, 12
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In July, the following amendments were made to the sponsored employment visa program in order to make immigration to Australia under this scheme more clear and clarify any issues.

457 visa

Current 457 visa holders, and those thinking of applying for subclass 457 should read on , as this new information may well impact their visa application.

The following information should make this more clear to anyone looking to secure a visa to Australia under this section, and give some advice on the changes and what they mean. The first amendment is to add into the restrictions a critera which means the department may refuse any applications and sponsors whos activities do not fit in with the activities of the business, this is put in in an attempt to ensure that friedns are not employing friends or family members just in order for them to be able to get a visa.

The next item is an increase in the salary exemption threshold, which was originally AUD 180,000 and is now AUD 250,000. This amendment has been made in order to make sure that those workers on higher paid salaries are not ousted as immigrant workers undercut the salary expectations, and were willing to work at a low rate of pay than their counterparts.

Many workers under the subclass 457 are intending to apply for permanent residence visas, and the Australian government have now removed the English language exemptions for certain positions. This is to bring the policy into line with the permanent sponsored employee program, which only requires a purely vocational English language ability. The benefits to people with 457 visas will be that they are not disadvantaged against by their language ability when they come to apply for permanent residence visas.

The cap which allows exemption from the English language criteria is a salary of more than AUD92,000.

There are also new regulations which allow the Department to refund any visa application under the sponsored employee program, if the offer of nomination by the employer is rescinded. This was an important development as it ensures that money is not fed into the government for refused visas. Although the refunds are not applicable in all categories and there are limits.

 If you require any further information on the amendments to this subclass when it comes to migrating to Australia, morevisas will be happy to help you.

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