Top 10 Important 457 Changes for 2013
If you have a business that sponsors employees under the 457 Visa Program, you should be aware of the significant changes that have come into effect as of 1 July 2013.
The changes to 457 Sponsorship will essentially make the process much more difficult for employers, with increased costs and delays in processing.
For the full details of what these changes mean, read Acacia Immigration’s detailed article here.
Here is a brief overview of the changes:
1. Increases to Application Fees
Including surcharges for onshore applications and including additional applicants.
2. English Language Testing
All 457 Visa Holders will now have to have their English Language ability tested.
3. Caps on Numbers of Sponsored Employees
You will now have to justify how many 457 Employees you require.
4. Limitations on Recently Established Businesses
Recently established businesses will be approved as sponsors for a shorter period of time.
5. Skills Assessments Required for More Occupations
Not only Trade Occupations will have to complete skills assessments.
6. Limitations on Hospitality Occupations
Hospitality is a really popular occupation for 457, so fast food and takeaway places won’t be included.
7. Training Requirement
You will now have to provide training requirements for every 12 months of sponsorship.
8. Work Condition 8107
There have been quite a few changes to the Work Condition 8107.
9. Salary Level Increases
There has been a 5% increase in the minimum salary levels for 457.
10. Other Changes
Read our article here for more details.