November 17 Visa Update – 457 Grandfathering

Grandfathering provisions 457 to ENS/RSMS announced

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have just provided another update regarding the programme of skilled visa changes announced back in April 2018 affecting 457 visa holders.

The DIBP Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent skilled migration program, November 2017, updates the previous versions and provides guidance on the grandfathering provisions for holders of Subclass 457 visas up to and on 18 April 2017.

These 457 visa holders will be able to access certain existing provisions under the TRT stream:

• occupation requirements remain the same (i.e. there are no restrictions as long as the nominee continues to work in the same position for the same employer as approved for their subclass 457 visa);

• the age requirement will remain at less than 50 years of age; and

• the work experience requirement will remain as two out of the three years on a subclass 457, prior to nomination remaining at two years.

Further clarity has been added to other provisions:

Work experience: At least three years work experience relevant to the particular occupation will be required

Training requirement: The contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund will come into effect from March 2018 (subject to being passed by parliament).  The contribution will be paid in full at the time of nomination and is set at $3,000 for businesses with turnovers of less than $10 million dollars, and $5,000 for other businesses.

You can access the full Fact Sheet here.

If you’d like to discuss any of these changes and how they may affect you and your staff, feel free to get in touch with us.

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