The 457 Visa

457 Visa Grandfathering Arrangements Announced

457 visa grandfathering announcement

***UPDATED*** Good news… The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released details of the 457 visa transitional arrangements covering those impacted by the widespread reforms announced earlier this year.   If you’re a 457 visa holder, you’ve applied for one or you’re planning to apply for one before the scheme ends in March 2018, this article will tell you everything you need to know. For many people (us included), the last six months have been an awful waiting game. Rumours were rife regarding grandfathering arrangements and lots of folk have been hanging in limbo, fearing that their plans of becoming […]

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July 1 Visa Changes Summary

It’s certainly been an eventful year in the world of migration and there is no sign of this slowing down. The end of the financial year brought a heap of new changes. This latest lot comes just two months after the Government’s shock announcement that the 457 visa program is being overhauled. So, what’s changed and how does it impact you? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s a summary of the July 1 visa changes.   July 1 List Changes First and foremost, prepare to be confused. Very confused. We’ll do our best to make this as clear […]

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What Are Visa Caveats?

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As part of the sweeping visa changes recently announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, a number of occupations under the 457 visa program now have caveats placed against them. The 457 scheme will run until March 2018, after which it will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage visa program. These caveats apply to occupations under both visa schemes.   So, what are visa caveats and what do they mean for you? A caveat is basically a condition that you or your employer have to meet if you are being sponsored under a certain occupation. In total, […]

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