Confusion Over 457 Visa Abolishment
Gavin Stocks, Founder of Techs On The Move talks about the Australian government’s recent announcement of its plans to abolish the 457 temporary work visa.
The Australian Department of Immigration has announced that a newly minted Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, will commence in March 2018. Techs On The Move assists experienced automotive tradespersons to build a new life in Australia by helping them find jobs and arranging their Australian visas. Here we offer some clarity to combat much of the confusion for existing 457 holders and the impacts of the recent legislative changes.
The effects are minimal for the automotive industry since the trade occupations most frequently used for sponsorship remain on the Department of Immigration’s Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). So, regardless of this revamp most automotive trade occupations are still eligible for a four-year sponsored visa. These occupations are a motor mechanic, diesel mechanic, automotive electrician, motorcycle mechanic and panel beater. Essentially for those occupations on the MLTSSL, the TSS visa is just a revamped 457 visa. It is those occupations which are on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) where the impact is greater since the reduction of the visa validity period to 2 years, with an option to renew once only for an additional two years while on-shore. However, there is no longer a pathway to permanent residency for applicants with occupations on the STSOL. It is still not clear how the grandfathering arrangements will protect existing 457 holders wishing to apply for permanent residency.
We will provide more information on this topic once it becomes available. Techs on the Move is committed to assisting our followers to understand the current scenario and its impact on their jobs, career and future in Australia.
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