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Australian Immigration – new occupation lists from 19 April 2017

From 19 April 2017, the Australian Government has revised the occupations lists for the Employer Sponsored Temporary subclass 457 visa and Permanent subclass 186 and 187 visas. The existing Consolidated Skilled Occupation list (CSOL)  has been replaced with two new lists, Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) There has […]

 

Australian immigration – subclass 457, 186 and 187 changes

The Australian government announced on 18 April that it will abolish the 457 visa program from March 2018. and replace with a new visa that contains two streams. During the announcement, the government also confirmed that there would be an immediate reduction in access to the 457 program with an overall of the occupations that were […]

 

Reforms to the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa

Reforms to the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa On 23 February 2013, Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor MP announced measures to reform the subclass 457 program. The reforms are being made to ensure that jobs for local Australian workers are protected and Australian businesses should only be sourcing the skilled workers they […]

 

Proposed changes to the 457 legislation

The government has introduced into Parliament new legislation to amend the subclass 457 visa program. The proposed laws, among other changes, introduce: labour market testing for certain occupations impose a new sponsorship obligation in relation to training of Australians introduce enforceable undertakings for sponsors who fail to meet their obligations empower the Fair Work Ombudsmen […]