April 18, 2017 immiinfo

457 visas to be abolished

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas
The Government announced today that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
Changes to be made from 19 April 2017.