Spiible Answers your Questions on the changes to the 457 Visa
In April the Australian Government announced the plan to abolish the Temporary Skilled Work Visas, commonly referred to as the ‘457 Visa’ and replace it with the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS). The changes came into effect immediately and will be implemented in stages up until March 2018.
At Spiible we have had many questions asking how and will these changes affect students wishing to study in Australia. Here is our responses to the FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) on the changes to the 457 and how it affects Australia’s Student Visa:
Question: What are the changes made to the 457 Visa?
Answer: The 457 Visa has been abolished and is no longer available to be applied for.
It has been replaced with the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa which has two streams, the Short Term stream which is up to two years and Medium Term stream for up to four years.
Other changes have been made to the types of occupations that can apply for the skilled visas.
Question: Will these changes to the 457 affect Australia’s Student Visa or Temporary Graduate Visa?
Answer: No. The changes only affect those who are applying for the Temporary Skilled Migrant Visas and do not affect visas for people coming to study in Australia.
Question: Will these changes affect the work requirements for those who are on the Australian Student Visa (500) or the Temporary Graduate Visa (485)?
Answer: No. These changes do not affect the work requirements for any of the Australian Student Visas. Students are still allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per fortnight (2 weeks) and unlimited number of hours during recognised school holidays.
Question: I currently have a 457 Visa, will these changes affect me?
Answer: No. These changes will not affect anyone that holds a current 457 visa. It only applies to those who are in the process of applying for a Temporary Skilled Work Visa.
Spiible recommends you find more information at:
Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Study In Australia https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
Or for information on Permanent Residency:
Stellar Migration http://www.stellarmigration.com/
It is always a pleasure helping our students to grown in Australia. Check out our Webinar about 457 visa changes two days after it was announced.
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