457 Upcoming changes to the skilled visa programs for March 2018.

Upcoming changes to the skilled visa programs for March 2018. We hope to know more this afternoon so stay conected


Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) (referred to by the Department as the ‘TSS visa’)and
related changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa programs

The Department of Home Affairs is in the final stages of preparing for implementation of these changes in March 2018, with the exact implementation date impacted by legislative and systems release processes and timeframes.

Update for skilled occupations lists

  • additional skilled occupations will be made available to employers in regional areas for certain visa programs
  • new regional occupations, some existing occupations may be moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • there will also be changes to caveats, as well as to the specific lists that apply to particular visa programs
  • these changes will not impact pipeline applications
  • there will be no new skilled occupation list instrument released for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program at this time, as new applications will be closed from the date of repea

Pipline SBS, nomination and application 457 will will be processed under ‘old rules’ and if satisfied, a subclass 457 visa will be granted.

For those on 457 now.

I have I can
an existing SBS sponsorship
  • nominate overseas workers under the new TSS visa program, including existing subclass 457 visa holders for whom a new TSS nomination is required to facilitate a change of employer or occupation
an approved subclass 457 nomination that has not ceased
  • not lodge a TSS visa application without lodging a new TSS nomination first
  • request my approved nomination for a visa applicant be withdrawn and the fee refunded, if I was not able to lodge a related subclass 457 visa application before the implementation of the TSS visa (i.e. not available if nomination related to an existing subclass 457 visa holder)
a subclass 457 visa in effect
    • ask a new employer to lodge a TSS nomination application if I want to change jobs
    • ask my current employer to lodge a TSS nomination application to change my skilled occupation
    • lodge a TSS subsequent entry visa application for members of my family unit where required
    • lodge a new TSS visa application prior to the expiry of my subclass 457 visa

Note:  time on my subclass 457 visa will not ‘count’ in terms of the onshore renewal rules for the TSS visa.

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