Questions from recruiters about the recent changes to the temporary skilled visa or 457 changes, answered by the Lisa O'Hara of Exclusive Migration.
This should only be taken as general advice at time of publishing.
Q1. What has already changed?
A. As of 19 April 2017:
• the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced with the new
Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL);
• the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced with the new Medium and Long-term
Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL);
• there has been a reduction of 216 occupations available for subclass 457 visa programme applications;
• 59 caveats now apply to specified occupations - these either relate to work experience, regional location or are occupation specific; and
• new visa validity periods also apply under the standard subclass 457 programme with a maximum 2 year period available for occupations that are eligible for the subclass 457 programme but not on the new MLTSSL.
Q2. Can people still apply for subclass 457 visas?
A. Yes. The subclass 457 programme remains open until the new TSS visa comes into effect in March 2018. The occupation list has been restricted (19 April 2017) and integrity settings will be further tightened.
Q3. Where can I find a list of removed occupations?
A. This is attached for your convenience.
Q4. Why were occupations removed?
A. They were removed due to a wide range of factors including: immigration integrity concerns, low usage over the last five years, being reserved for Australian citizens (e.g. magistrate) and based on advice from the Department of Employment.
Q5. Where can I find information about the caveats?
A. This is contained in the Schedule 1 MLTSSL and Schedule 2 STSOL lists.