Positive announcement on changes to 457 Visas from March 2018
Some positive news for those of you who have employees on 457 Visas prior to the changes in April this year and are wondering what arrangements will apply to their ability to access PR. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed this week that from March 2018:
People who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 WILL be able to access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
Occupation requirements remain the same (i.e. there are no restrictions as long as the nominee continues to work in the same position for the same employer as approved for their subclass 457 visa);
the age requirement will remain at less than 50 years of age; and
the work experience requirement, and the requirement to have worked at least two out of the three years prior to nomination on a subclass 457, will remain at two years.
Essentially this means that anyone who held a 457 Visa prior to 19 April can access PR under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if they have worked in the same position for the same employer and so long as they remain under 50, have worked two out of the three years prior to the PR nomination.
We would advise you to contact your migration agent or advisor if you have any questions specific to how this announcement might impact your employees.
Lisa O'Hara from Exclusive Migration is RCSA's partner migration agent and is available to provide advice to members. Lisa has a dedicated email for migration related queries from RCSA members: firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial enquires are free of charge. Any work undertaken for RCSA members is at negotiated reduced fees. Each case is unique so please enquire.