Changes to the 457 visa program

The Federal Government this afternoon announced it plans to scrap the 457-visa program and replace it with a new TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa. RCSA has prepared the following key point summary of the announcement based on the information available. The new TSS visa will replace the 457 visa. Key characteristics include: Increased level of English competency required of applicants A mandatory and increased level of labour market testing must be demonstrated to confirm that Australian workers are unable to fill the position Tougher skills matching to confirm visa applicant is (1) best fit and (2) required for the role Increased testing of experience and skills requiring minimum 2 years’

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