Changes to 457 visa effective next week

From early December 2015, changes will be made to visa requirements for the subclass 457 visa. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that those applying for the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457) will be required to fulfill a number of new obligations in order to be granted the right to work in the country for an approved business for up to four years.  It is anticipated that this change will shed light on some otherwise confusing aspects of the visa process for new immigrants applying to the program.

Under these new regulations, holders of the 457 visa must obtain compulsory licensing or registration within 90 days of arriving in Australia or within the same time frame if they are already in the country when their visa is granted. Holders of the 457 visa must also commence work within 90 days of arriving in Australia or within 90 days of being granted a visa if already in Australia at the time the application was made.