The 457 Visa

457 Visa Changes – Summary of Reforms

  The UK did it with Brexit, America did it with Trump and now Australia seems to be following suit. Picking on migrants for political gain is certainly a growing trend. The Australian Government dealt a blow to thousands of workers and employers yesterday when it announced plans to abolish the 457 visa scheme and replace it with two new temporary skilled visas as part of a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Program. Within hours of the announcement, two significantly condensed lists were released, the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). The program is being […]

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Immigration ‘Asking More’ From 457s

Surge in Further Information Requests for 457 Visas   Rarely a week goes by when the 457 Visa program isn’t in the news, for one reason or another. The scheme – which many employers use to plug skill shortages – often hits the headlines for the wrong reasons though. In 2016, one politician told viewers of ABC’s Q&A that there are more than a million 457s “out there”. A subsequent ABC fact check proved this to be incorrect. In reality, there were – at the time of the comments – just over 400,000 valid 457 visas in existence, but only […]

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What Is TSMIT?

  If you’re in the process if researching 457 visas then you’ve probably come across the word TSMIT and might be wondering what it actually means. TSMIT stands for the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold. The Government wants to be sure that 457 visa holders are paid at an acceptable market rate for the work they carry out and that Australian workers aren’t disadvantaged. The threshold currently stands at $53,900, which means that anyone on a 457 visa must be paid at this level or above. This is based on a standard Australian working week of 38 hours. An employer […]

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