The visa 457 is the most widely prevailing visa in Australia for Australian or foreign establishments to promote foreign workers who are skilled to be allowed to work temporarily in Australia. Currently it is undergoing the process of being abolished by the federal government that is led by Malcolm Turnbull.
The complete title of this group of visa was Temporary Business (Long Stay) and was brought in soon after John Howard took place of the Prime Minister in 1996. The title of this visa later changed to Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) Visa on 24 November 2012. The applications for this visa are processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 18 April 2017 that two new visa categories will be replacing the 457 visas. The visa will be replaced in March 2018 with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS).
The abolishment of the 457 visa follows an ‘Australian First’ approach which debates that the jobs that should be “appointed to Australians” are given to foreign workers instead who most likely are willing to apply for permanent residency.
The TSS visa program will consist of a Short-Term stream for a period of up to 2 years and a Medium-Term stream for a period of up to 4 years, which will assist business organizations in focusing on genuine shortages of skilled employees in the workforce and will consist of a number of assurances for Australian workers to retain priority status.
The new visa is a part of the new reform package of the Government which aims to encourage the honour and value of the temporary and permanent employer-sponsored skilled migration programs in Australia.
The key reforms involve:
1. Introduction of the temporary skill shortage visa with a set of new requirements, which may include but not be limited to:
2. The eligibility requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas will be rigidified, which may include but not be limited to:
3. Availability of concessions for regional Australia will continue:
The subclass 457 visa will be included in the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, from 19 April 2017.
In Australia, a quarter part of the 457 visa holders are Indian which is the highest number in any country. As of March 2016, there were a total of 51,809 Indian student enrolments to full fee-paying Australian universities. India has warned Australia that dropping the 457 visa would not only affect the number of students enrolling for education at Australian universities and skilled employees applying for jobs in Australia, but also have an adverse effect on the trade relations between the two countries.
As for those who are already on the visa will not be affected, the abolition of this visa will have a disturbing effect on employment opportunities for Indian students. Also, the employer organisations will now rethink before they renew their contract with their Indian employees, once their existing 457 visa expires.
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