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10 Ways to Stay in Australia After the 457 Visa Changes

Girl drawing on Australian map.

Government plans to abolish 457 visas and introduce the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program have left many people reeling. In this blog post, we’ll look at what options are available to you now. For thousands of migrants across Australia, last week was truly horrific. The Government’s 457 visa changes took everyone by surprise, including us. There we were, expecting a quiet Tuesday after the Easter weekend and instead we were struck by Malcolm Turnbull’s visa missile. To say we’ve been inundated with calls and emails is an understatement. Our team of Registered Migration Agents have been working round the […]

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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 457 Visa Applicants

*Update – The Government has announced plans to abolish the 457 program from March 2018. 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 […]

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