The Subclass 457 visas will be replaced by the Temporary Short Skills visas that will have two categories. The STSOL visas will have a maximum validity of two years while the MLTSSL visas will have a validity of four years.
The TSS category of visas mandates that the applicants must be authentically temporary and have IELTS test scores of minimum 5 with at least 4.5 scores in each section, as quoted by Mondaq.
Both the categories of the TSS visas have requirement of a minimum of two years of prior work experience, labor market assessment, a minimum salary ceiling, assessment for non-discrimination, and a training requirement to make sure that firms are imparting the training to the workers in Australia.
Checks for criminal records, the abolition of exemption of English language for high salaried professionals and modifications to training benchmarks will be imposed by the government from July 1, 2017.
DIBP will collect tax file numbers from all the individuals possessing the 457 visas and begin to announce the details of visa sponsors who do not adhere to rules prior to December 31, 2017.
DIBP has also revealed its data that states that the reduction of the list of occupations to 435 from the existing 651 is likely to have a negligible effect. It has also been reported by the ABC that out of the 24, 270 visas approved under the 457 visas category between June –December 2016, mere 2, 083 visas were approved under the 216 occupations that have now been removed from the list of occupation. This implies a decrease of just 8.6% for the temporary skilled overseas workers under the TSS visas scheme.
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