Following an independent review of the 457 visa program held last year, the Australian federal government will implement most of the 51 recommendations.
The following are a few of the proposed changes we can expect to see in the next 6-12 months. You can view the full list here.• That it be made unlawful for a sponsor to be paid by visa applicants for a migration outcome, and that this be reinforced by a robust penalty and conviction framework.
• That the current training benchmarks be replaced by an annual training fund contribution based on each 457 visa holder sponsored, with the contributions scaled according to size of business.
• That the English language requirement be amended to an average score. For example, in relation to International English Language Testing System, the 457 applicant should have an average of 5 across the four competencies (or the equivalent for an alternative English language testing provider).
• The government will not remove the current labour-market testing arrangements that require businesses to test employment markets first to find domestic skilled workers before turning to the 457 visa program.
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