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Major Changes to Student Visa and SC457 visa program

The temporary work (Skilled) visa subclass 457 allows skilled workers to visit Australia and work for upto 4 years.  To work in Australia, you must be sponsored by an approved business.  A business can sponsor someone if they are not able to find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.  To lodge an application, you need to be in or outside Australia.

What this visa lets you do?

Temporary work (skilled visa) lets you work in Australia for upto 4 years. You can also your family to study or work in Australia and also travel in and out of Australia as frequently you want.  Since this is a sponsored visa, therefore before you can apply for this visa, your employer must be an approved sponsor and must nominate you for a position.

The current changes in the visa processing would result in simplifying the new system,  and improve the process for applying for visas and reducing the chances of overlapping pathways.  The Immigration Minister- Mr. Peter Dutton, explaining the new changes said that the current skilled migration and temporary activity visa program are difficult to proceed. Therefore, immigration authorities are committed to improve integrity in visa programs to increase the contribution of skilled migration to Australia’s economy and productivity.

  • The first set of changes associated with the SC457 program has commenced from 19th April, 2016. These changes will address inappropriate use of the SC457 programme by imposing an obligation on the standards of business sponsors.
  • It will also streamline the processing of SC457 visa applications by requiring visa applicants to enter details of a nomination by a sponsor when making internet visa applications
  • It will remove visa criteria which require provision of evidence of English language proficiency by subclass 457 applicants

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