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Australia to Abolish the 457 visas for Skilled Workers

Australian jobs and Australian values override and cancel the 457 Visa

The government has announced that it will abolish 457 visas for skilled foreign workers and replace them with a new visa program.
Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements.

Australian jobs and Australian values override and cancel the 457 Visa

The government has announced that it will abolish 457 visas for skilled foreign workers and replace them with a new visa program.
Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements.

Temporary work visas, otherwise known as 457 visas, allowed skilled workers to come to Australia and be sponsored by an approved business for up to four years if the business could not find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the job.

The program will be replaced by two new visas; a two-year skilled work visa which will require previous work experience and a four-year visa which will require a high level of English proficiency and a criminal history check.

Mr Turnbull said: “Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs” and “We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.

The list of occupations that qualify for the new replacement visas, 2 and 4 year options, will be reduced substantially from its current number of 650.
The new four-year visa program will be reduced to just 183 classifications requiring higher skilled workers.

Some of the new requirements will be Two years work experience for both visas, and mandatory labour market testing.

Cost of Replacement Visa for the 457

Applications fees of $1,150 for two-year visa and $2,400 for four-year visas will apply.


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