Changes to the 457 Visa Facts you Need To Know
If you’re looking at moving to Australia, you may need to reconsider your avenue of getting your visa due to the recent changes to the 457 visa. Although many countries, Australia included, have changed visas over the years, these changes to the 457 visa are pretty dramatic and could post a bit of a problem for lots of people.
The 457 visa is the most commonly used program for migrants to Australia, as it allows employers to sponsor overseas workers. While only on a temporary basis, this has been a great program.
It has allowed foreign workers to work in Australia for four years in a skilled job where there are few Australian workers.
Although this is sad news, it’s important that we’re all aware of exactly what these changes to the 457 visa entails. So, what’s going to change?
The 457 Visa Is Being Replaced
Ultimately, the most important thing to remember about these changes is that really the 457 visa is being entirely replaced by a new program.
While it’s still going to most likely remain a 457 visa, nearly every provision is going to be changed.
Four Years to Two Years
The biggest change to the 457 visa is going to be the fact that now foreign workers will only be allowed to stay for two years instead of the four.
There will still be a handful of skilled jobs that may remain at four years, but the vast majority will be decreased to two.
This will include jobs such as cooks, hospitality managers, event organizers and more. Seeing as these tend to be the jobs that attract the most people, it’s pretty unfortunate they’re doing away with the four year program for them.
No Permanent Residency At The End
Another big change to the 457 visa is going to be that foreign workers will no longer be able to apply for permanent residency at the end of their two (or possibly four) year tenure in Australia.
This is pretty sad news and a little unfair to people who have put their valuable skills to use in another country.
Fewer Skilled Jobs
The list of skilled jobs you can get hired for on the 457 has been decreased by nearly 200. This is a massive amount and is really going to cut down on opportunities for foreigners to work in Australia.
Overall, there are going to be stricter standards on the 457 visas now. Potential workers will need to have higher levels of English skills, meet more qualifications when doing a background check and will need to provide two years of experience in the skilled job they want to work in.
Although these changes to the 457 visa are supposed to be recruiting the “best and the brightest” for Australia, it’s really just a way to keep foreigners away from Australian jobs.
This is sad news, but don’t let these changes to the 457 visa keep you from attempting to visit or try to work in Australia.