The Australian Prime Minister Turnbull had recently announced that Subclass 457 visas would be abolished and replaced by the new Temporary Skills Shortage visas. Below is the pathway for the transition to the new visas:
April 18, 2017: Announcement by Malcolm Turnbull to abolish Subclass 457 visas and replacement with new Temporary Skills Shortage visas.
April 19, 2017: 218 skilled occupations removed from the list of occupations that can be sponsored and two new skilled occupations list introduced – Long Term Strategic List – Medium and Skilled Occupation List Short Term. Changes were also updated for the visa applications for 457 visas that were approved and lodged after or on 19.4.2017.
For these applications, the validity of the visa will be two years or four years depending on the occupation being a part of the Skilled Occupation List Short Term or Long Term Strategic List – Medium. DIBP also gives the applicants the option to withdraw their Subclass 457 visa application or nomination while processing is in progress if the occupation is no longer a part of the updated skills list.
July 1, 2017- The existing arrangement of the 457 visas will be further reviewed. It is possible that occupations will be removed from both the Skilled Occupation List Short Term and Long Term Strategic List – Medium. Police clearance might be made mandatory for processing the visa applications for Subclass 457 visas. Requirements for English language and training benchmark will also be changed, as quoted by Migration Alliance.
December 1, 2017 – Matching of data is introduced. Existing Subclass 457 visa possessors will have to file Tax File Numbers with the DIBP so as to ensure that their salaries are verified on the basis of the declaration of earnings in the Subclass 457 visa nomination.
March 1, 2018 – The new Temporary Skills Shortage visas introduced by Australia and Subclass 457 visas are abolished.
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