What is a Temporary Work Visa (subclass 457)?
The 457 visa is for temporary skilled workers in Australia. Officially titled the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa, it is for employment in jobs where there is a labour shortage.
There is no visa cap on the 457 visa, meaning employers may request or sponsor as many foreign-national applicants as necessary. The 457 visa can be valid for up to four years.
Temporary Work Skilled Visa Changes 2017
Implementations of the changes that were announced on April 18, 2017 will be completed in March, 2018. Per the government’s announcement, the Temporary Work Visa (subclass 457) will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS).
The Temporary Skill Shortage visa will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages and will be composed by two streams:
- Short-Term of up to two (2) years of validity and the option of a single visa renewal
- Medium-Term of up to four (4) years years of validity and the option of a visa renewal and a pathway to permanent residency after (3) three years
There key reforms proposed are:
- An updated skilled occupation list that aligns with the Australian market Applicants will be required to:
- Be under 45 years of age
- Complete at least two (2) years of work experience in their skilled employment
- Take an English test
- Ensure their taxes match the with the Australian Tax Office’s records
- Provide penal clearance certificates
Employers will be required to:
- pay the market salary per the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to ensure Australian workers are not undercut
- pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund
- take a labour market test
- a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure Australian workers are not being discriminated
- Ability to renew the Short-Term only once
What Are the Benefits of Work Visa (subclass 457)?
The 457 visa provides some excellent benefits:
- Live and work in Australia for up to four years
- Bring your family to work or study in Australia
- Unlimited travel in and out of Australia
Step 1: Check if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists
This visa is only available to people who can fill an position for which there is a labour shortage.
Step 2: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements
You must meet the following requirements in order to apply:
- Have a knowledge of the English language;
- Arrange to have health insurance during your stay in Australia; and
- Meet the health and character checks required for all Australian visa applicants
Step 3: Find an employer that is an approved sponsor
If you are not already employed with an Australian company, you may be able to find an employer through the SkillSelect program. This program matches skilled workers with employers looking for foreign-national workers.
Employers can complete the employer sponsorship application online through the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
Step 4: Get an employer nomination
Once you find an employer, you will need to have them nominate you for the visa. You can apply for this visa at the same time your employer lodges their applications to sponsor and nominate you.
Employers can complete the employer nomination application online through the DHA.
Step 5: Apply for the 457 Visa
After you find an employer and get a nomination, you can apply for the 457 visa online through the DHA.
Step 6: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application. In 2016, the processing time for the 457 visa was 2-3 months.
Step 7: Receive your visa and start working!
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia.