The DIBP announces changes to the 457 Visa

The DIBP announces changes to the 457 Visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently announced some further changes that they are planning to implement to the 457 visa until its removal in March next year. Please note that these are only announcements and no formal policy documentation has been officially released.
 
From 1st July 2017, the English salary exemption of $96,400 will be removed. The occupations lists, both the STSTOL and the MLTSSL, will be reviewed further and changes may be made based on the results of the Department of Educations and Training's 2017-2018 SOL review.
 
The Policy settings for Training benchmarks will also be modified so that they are clearer for legal use.
 
Penal clearance certificates will also be mandatory for applications received after 1 July 2017.
 
Further changes expected before December 31st, 2017 include the collection of Tax File Numbers by the DIBP for data matching with the Australian Taxation Office and publication of sanctioned sponsors. This is to ensure that visa holders are being compensated correctly their nominated salary.
 
As previously announced, the 457 visa will be completely abolished from March 2018 and the new TSS visa will be introduced. Both Short-Term (for 2 years) and Medium-Term (4 years) streams will be available for applicants under the new TSS program.
 
If you have any questions about how these upcoming changes might affect your visa application, please speak to one of our registered migration consultants.
 

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