Changes from April 19th 2017:
- The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) was replaced with the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). This list will be updated every 6 months.
- 216 occupations were removed from the list and access to 59 other occupations was restricted.
- The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) was replaced with the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
- The maximum duration of 457 visas for occupations that are on the STSOL will be two years.
- The maximum duration of 457 visas for occupations on the MLTSSL will be four years.
Changes from July 1st 2017:
- The STSOL and MLTSSL will be reviewed
- The english exemption for 457 visa applicants earning over $96,400 will be removed
- The english requirement for 186 and 187 Transitional visas will be increased
- 457 visa applicants will be required to provide police clearances
Changes coming before December 31st 2017:
- The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will be collecting Tax File Numbers for 457 visa holders and data will be matched with the ATO’s records to ensure that visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary.
Changes from March 2018:
- The 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa.
- 457 visa holders will be required to work for the same employer for 3 years, instead of 2, to be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency through the transitional stream.
Has your occupation been removed from the occupation lists?
- Applicants who are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency through the transitional stream can still apply before March 2018.
- Applicants can still apply for 187 Direct Entry until March 2018
If you have any questions about these changes or how they might effect you, contact us.