On April 19, 2017, 216 occupations were removed from the list of eligible occupations for a 457 visa and caveats were applied to 59 eligible occupations which exclude the use of these occupations in certain circumstances. Of the resulting 435 occupations that remain on the list, 24 occupations have been restricted to regional Australia only.

What do the changes to the 457 visa and removal of occupations mean to you?

Current 457 visa holders:

  • will not be impacted by the changes to the 457 visa program unless you plan on applying for another 457 visa or you change your occupation or employer. (Please note the a promotion that results substantially different duties to those of the role you were originally nominated for may require a new nomination for you by your employer. If this is the case, then yes the changes to the 457 visa will affect you.)
  • will still be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence Visa after two years.

457 visa applicants who have either lodged an application and are waiting for approval or are planning on lodging a 457 visa application before March 2018, well I hope you are sitting down because I might have some bad news for you.

Changes to the Australian Occupations Lists and How It Affects 457 Visa Applicants

It all starts with the changes made to the occupations lists that took effect April 19, 2017.

Previously, there was the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). The SOL list was for occupations which were in high demand across all of Australia. The CSOL list was for occupations that were not in high demand across all of Australia but possibly in demand across particular areas within Australia.

Australian sponsorship opportunities, ie 457 visas, were available for people with an occupation on the CSOL list whereas people with an occupation on the SOL list were able to apply for permanent residence visas that did not require sponsorship.

So what has changed?

The SOL list has been replaced by the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the CSOL list has been replace by the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

The MLTSSL list continues to be a list of occupations in high demand just as it was when they called it the SOL list. One difference between the SOL and the MLTSSL is the removal of 16 occupations whereas for the STSOL list there has been 200 occupations removed. The other difference to the STSOL list 24 occupations will now only be eligible for positions located in regional Australia.

What does the removal of the 200 occupations from the STSOL mean to 457 visa applicants that have lodged a visa application on or before April 18, 2017?

If your occupation has been removed and you’re waiting on visa approval, you can withdraw your application and request a refund of the application fee.

Yes, that means no 457 visa for you. You and the business or company that was hoping to sponsor you will need to come up with a new game plan.

The 200 Occupations Removed From the STSOL

OccupationANZSCO Code
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker411511
Actor211111
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC211199
Aeroplane Pilot231111
Air Traffic Controller231112
Air Transport Professionals NEC231199
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)323111
Amusement Centre Manager149111
Antique Dealer142112
Apparel Cutter393211
Archaeologist272414
Archivist224211
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)212311
Artistic Director212111
Auctioneer611111
Author212211
Bed and Breakfast Operator141911
Betting agency Manager142113
Biochemist234513
Biotechnologist234514
Blacksmith322111
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator149911
Broadcast Transmitter Operator399511
Building and Engineering Technicians NEC312999
Business Broker612111
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker351211
Call or Contact Centre Manager149211
Canvas Goods Fabricator393111
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager141211
Cinema or Theatre Manager149912
Clinical Coder599915
Clothing Patternmaker393212
Clothing Trades Workers NEC393299
Commissioned Defence Force Officer139111
Commissioned Fire Officer139112
Commissioned Police Officer139113
Communications Operator342312
Community Arts Worker272611
Composer211211
Conservation Officer234311
Construction Estimator312114
Conveyancer599111
Corporate Treasurer221212
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)599212
Deer Farmer121314
Defence Force Member - Other Ranks441111
Defence Force Senior Officer111212
Dental Hygienist411211
Dental Prosthetist411212
Dental Therapist411214
Detective441311
Director of Photography212313
Diver399911
Dog or Horse Racing Official452318
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)249213
Dressmaker or Tailor393213
Driller712211
Driving Instructor451211
Education Reviewer249112
Electorate Officer224911
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson312411
Electronic Engineering Technician312412
Electroplater322112
Emergency Service Worker441211
Engineering Patternmaker323411
Engraver323311
Entertainer or Variety Artist211113
Environmental Health Officer251311
Exercise Physiologist234915
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors NEC212399
Financial Institution Branch Manager149914
Fire Fighter441212
Fire Protection Equipment Technician399918
First Aid Trainer451815
Fisheries Officer311311
Flight Attendant451711
Floor Finisher332111
Flying Instructor231113
Food Technologist234212
Funeral Director451311
Funeral Workers NEC451399
Futures Trader222212
Gallery or Museum Technician399311
Gas or Petroleum Operator399212
Geophysicist234412
Goat Farmer121315
Golfer452412
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker392211
Gunsmith323312
Helicopter Pilot231114
Historian272411
Homoeopath252212
Horse Trainer361112
Human Resource Adviser223111
Hydrogeologist234413
Hydrographer311415
ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC263299
ICT Support Technicians NEC313199
Importer or Exporter133311
Insurance Investigator599611
Insurance Risk Surveyor599613
Intellectual Property Lawyer271214
Intelligence Officer224411
Interior Decorator399912
Jockey452413
Judge271211
Kennel Hand361115
Leather Goods Maker393112
Legal Executive599112
Liaison Officer224912
Licensed Club Manager141411
Life Scientist (General)234511
Life Scientists NEC234599
Light Technician399513
Magistrate271212
Maintenance Planner312911
Marine Surveyor231215
Marine Transport Professionals NEC231299
Market Research Analyst225112
Master Fisher231211
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson312511
Media Producer (excluding Video)212112
Metal Casting Trades Worker322114
Metal Polisher322115
Metallurgist234912
Microbiologist234517
Migration Agent (Aus)224913
Mothercraft Nurse411412
Multimedia Designer232413
Music Director211212
Music Professionals NEC211299
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer399515
Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC234999
Nurse Researcher254212
Nurseryperson362411
Operating Theatre Technician311214
Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)399913
Optical Mechanic399914
Other Sports Official452323
Painter (Visual Arts)211411
Park Ranger234314
Parole or Probation Officer411714
Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)311216
Petroleum Engineer233612
Plastics Technician399916
Plumbing Inspector312115
Police Officer441312
Policy Analyst224412
Policy and Planning Manager132411
Potter or ceramic artist211412
Prison Officer442111
Procurement Manager133612
Production Manager (Manufacturing)133512
Public Relations Manager131114
Quarantine Officer311313
Radio Journalist212414
Radio Presenter212113
Railway Station Manager149412
Regional Education Manager134412
Research and Development Manager132511
Retail Buyer639211
Retirement Village Manager141912
Safety Inspector312611
Sail Maker393113
Sales Representative (Industrial Products)225411
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)225412
Saw Maker and Repairer323315
School Laboratory Technician311414
Screen Printer392112
Sculpter211413
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member139211
Shearer361211
Shoemaker393114
Singer211214
Small Offset Printer392312
Sports Administrator139915
Sports Umpire452322
Stock and Station Agent611112
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician312116
Technicians and Trades Workers NEC399999
Telecommunications Cable Jointer342412
Telecommunications Technician342414
Television Equipment Operator399517
Television Presenter212114
Training and Development Professional223311
Translator272413
Travel Agency Manager142116
Travel Attendants NEC451799
Tribunal Member271213
Turf Grower121218
Vehicle Painter324311
Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)242211
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)242211
Web Developer261212
Wholesaler133312
Wood Turner394214
Wool Buyer639212
Wool Classer399917
Workplace Relations Advisor223113
Zookeeper361114

To see the next 10 occupations that were removed from the STSOL, click “next” on the right bottom of the table. Or, if you are looking for a specific occupation, use the search located at the top right of the table.

*nec means “not elsewhere classified”.
 
If your occupation is one of the 59 restricted occupations and you do not meet the new requirements or the business that is sponsoring you does not meet the new requirements, then your visa application cannot be approved. In this case, you can also withdraw your application and request a refund of the application fee.

The 59 Restricted Occupations

ANZSCO occupationPositions excluded due to caveat
Accountant
(ANZSCO 221111)
Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1Million
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
Advertising Specialist
(ANZSCO 225111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Agricultural Technician
(ANZSCO 311111)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Animal Attendants and Trainers NEC
(ANZSC0 361199)
Excludes positions related to animal husbandry, including but not limited to positions that involve caring for livestock on a farm setting.
Apiarist
(ANZSCO 121311)
Excludes positions that:
• predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
• are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Aquaculture Farmer
(ANZSCO 121111)
Excludes positions that:
• predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
• are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Baker
(ANZSCO 351111)
Excludes any of the following positions:
• related to mass or standardised production, including positions based in a franchise or factory, as opposed to specialist production
• that involve full or partial production of food product for distribution to another location
• that predominantly involve the use of pre-prepared food product from another location.
Beef Cattle Farmer
(ANZSCO 121312)
Excludes positions that:
• predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
• are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
(ANZSCO 141111)
Excludes positions in a limited service restaurant.

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• fast food or takeaway food services
• fast casual restaurants
• drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
• limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
• limited service pizza restaurants.
Chefs
(ANZSCO 351311)
Excludes positions involved in mass production in a factory setting or positions in a limited service restaurant.

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• fast food or takeaway food services
• fast casual restaurants
• drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
• limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
• limited service pizza restaurants.
Chief Executive or Managing Director
(ANZSCO 111111)
Excludes any of the following positions:
• in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
• in businesses that have fewer than five employees
• that have a nominated base salary of less than $90,000.
Conference and Event Organiser
(ANZSCO 149311)
Excludes any of the following positions:
• in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
• that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Contract Administrator
(ANZSCO 511111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Cook
(ANZSCO 351411)
Excludes positions involved in mass production in a factory setting or positions in a limited service restaurant.

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• fast food or takeaway food services
• fast casual restaurants
• drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
• limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
• limited service pizza restaurants.
Corporate General Manager
(ANZSCO 111211)
Excludes any of the following positions:
• in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
• in businesses that have fewer than five employees
• that have a nominated base salary of less than $90,000.
Corporate Services Manager
(ANZSCO 132111)
Excludes any of the following positions:in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M in businesses that have fewer than five employees that have a nominated base salary of less than $80,000.
Cotton Grower
(ANZSCO 121211)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Crop Farmers NEC
(ANZSCO 121299)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Customer Service Manager
(ANZSCO 149212)
Excludes any of the following positions:based in a front-line retail setting that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Dairy Cattle Farmer
(ANZSCO 121313)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Facilities Manager
(ANZSCO 149913)
Excludes positions:not located in a commercial building or shopping centre environment, or that predominantly involve the management of the provision of one particular service to a facility or managing one particular relationship. Example: a position that manages the cleaning contract for a facility but not other contracts relevant to the facility.
Finance Manager
(ANZSCO 132211)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Flower Grower
(ANZSCO 121212)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Fruit or Nut Grower
(ANZSCO 121213)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)
(ANZSCO 121214)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Grape Grower
(ANZSCO 121215)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Graphic Designer
(ANZSCO 232411)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years full time relevant work experience.
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
(ANZSCO 142114)
Excludes positons:that predominantly involve hair dressing or beauty therapy related non-managerial tasks; or in businesses that employ fewer than five full-time employees.
Hairdresser
(ANZSCO 391111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Horse Breeder
(ANZSCO 121316)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Hotel or Motel Manager
(ANZSCO 141311)
Excludes positions which predominantly have responsibility for managing hotel or motel staff. Note: The caveat does not exclude positions that predominately involve responsibility for organising and controlling the operations of a hotel or motel that may have limited duties requiring management of hotel or motel staff but is not the main function of the position.
ICT Project Manager
(ANZSCO 135112)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
ICT Support Engineer
(ANZSCO 263212)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
ICT Systems Test Engineer
(ANZSCO 263213)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Information and Organisation Professionals NEC
(ANZSCO 224999)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Livestock Farmer
(ANZSCO 121399)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Management Consultant
(ANZSCO 224711)
Excludes positions in businesses that:have an annual turnover of less than $1M; or in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
Marketing Specialist
(ANZSCO 225113)
Excludes any of the following positions:based in a front-line retail setting that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Massage Therapist
(ANZSCO 411611)
Excludes positions that: are non full-time; or are not based in a therapeutic setting; or involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage.
Mechanical Engineering Technician
(ANZSCO 312512)
Excludes positions relating to mobile phone repairs.
Mixed Crop Farmer
(ANZSCO 121216)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Mixed Livestock Farmer
(ANZSCO 121317)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
(ANZSCO 121411)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Pastry cook
(ANZSCO 351112)
Excludes any of the following positions:related to mass or standardised production, including positions based in a franchise or factory, as opposed to specialist production that involve full or partial production of food product for distribution to another location that predominantly involve the use of pre-prepared food product from another location.
Pig Farmer
(ANZSCO 121318)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Poultry Farmer
(ANZSCO 121321)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Primary Products Inspectors NEC
(ANZSCO 311399)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast
Production Manager (Mining)
(ANZSCO 133511)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast
Recruitment Consultant
(ANZSCO 223112)
Excludes any of the following positions:in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M; in businesses that have fewer than five employees; that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Sales and Marketing Manager
(ANZSCO 131112)
Excludes of the following positions:based in a front-line retail setting; that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis; with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M; that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Sheep Farmer
(ANZSCO 121322)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Software Tester
(ANZSCO 261314)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Sugar Cane Grower
(ANZSCO 121217)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Supply and Distribution Manager
(ANZSCO 133611)
Excludes any of the following positions:in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M; in businesses that have fewer than five employees; that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Technical Sales Representatives NEC (note: includes education sales rep)
(ANZSCO 225499)
Excludes any of the following positions:based in a front-line retail setting; based in a call centre and do not require a significant technical knowledge of products; predominantly involve selling educational courses to individual students; and that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
Transport Company Manager
(ANZSCO 149413)
Excludes ant of the following positions that are:truck driver positions; fleet manager positions; container controller positions; positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M; positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
University Lecturer
(ANZSCO 242111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
(ANZSCO 121221)
Excludes positions that:predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, the Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
Wine Maker
(ANZSCO 234213)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast

To see the next 10 occupations that were removed from the STSOL, click “next” on the right bottom of the table. Or, if you are looking for a specific occupation, use the search located at the top right of the table.
 
If your 457 visa has been approved on or before April 18, 2017 then you are good for the next four years granted you stay employed with the business that is sponsoring your visa and your visa is activated within 90 days from when it was issued.

The 16 Restricted Occupations on the MLTSSL

These are the 16 occupations on the MLTSSL that only apply to the following visas:

  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)
OccupationANZSCO CodeAssessing Authority​
Chemical Engineer233111Engineers Australia
Civil Engineering Technician312212VETASSESS
Electrical Linesworker342211TRA
Electronics Engineer233411Engineers Australia
Industrial Engineer233511Engineers Australia
Materials Engineer233112Engineers Australia
Medical Administrator134211VETASSESS
Pressure Welder322312TRA
Production Manager (Mining)133513VETASSESS
Production or Plant Engineer233513Engineers Australia
Project Builder133112VETASSESS
Ship's Engineer231212AMSA
Ship's Master231213AMSA
Ship's Officer231214AMSA
Stonemason331112TRA
Telecommunications Network Planner313213Engineers Australia

These changes affect other temporary and permanent visas besides the 457 visa.

The changes to the occupations lists affect a range of temporary and permanent visas, including:

  • The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457);
  • The Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186);
  • The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489);
  • The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190);
  • The Skilled Independent (subclass 189);
  • The Training visa (subclass 407); and
  • The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

Other Changes to the 457 Visa Program

Besides the removal of eligible occupations, there are other changes happening to the 457 visa program. These changes will be rolled out over the next year until March 2018 when the 457 visa will be completely replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa.

  • All 457 visa applications that are approved after April 19, 2017 and have occupations on the MLTSSL will be able to renew their visa for another four years and apply for permanent residence after three years.
  • All 457 visa applications that are approved after April 19, 2017 and have occupations on the STSOL will be able to renew their visa only once.
  • 457 visas issued after April 19, 2017 for occupations that are on the STSOL will now be two year visas.
  • 457 visas issued after April 19, 2017 for occupations that are on the MLTSSL will continue to be issued for a maximum duration of four years.
  • From July 1, 2017, both the STSOL and the MLTSSL will be further reviewed and revised.
  • After July 1, 2017, applicants whose salary is over $96,400 will no longer be exempt from the English language requirement.
  • After July 1, 2017 provision of penal clearance certificates will be mandatory.
  • Before December 31, 2017 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will be ensuring that 457 visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary. They will be doing this by collecting current 457 visa holders Tax File Number and matching salaries with the Australian Tax Office’s records.
  • Some time before December 31, 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will so be publishing details relating to sponsors sanctioned for failing to meet their obligations under the Migration Regulation 1994 and related legislation.

By March 2018, the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa.

The TSS visa is comprised of two streams: the Short-Term stream of up to two years and the Medium-Term Stream of up to four years.

Eligibility of both TSS visa streams includes:

  • Must have at least two years’ relevant work experience.
  • Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold requirements.
  • Mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
  • A non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating
    against Australian workers.
  • A strengthened training requirement for employers to contribute towards training
    Australian workers.

Criteria for the Short-Term Stream:

  • Visa renewal onshore only once.
  • Occupations for non-regional Australia, the STSOL will apply.
  • Occupations of regional Australia, the STSOL will also apply with additional occupations available to support regional employers.
  • Requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component.
  • A genuine temporary entrant requirement.

Criteria for the Medium-Term Stream:

  • Visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years.
  • Occupations for non-regional Australia, the MLTSSL will apply.
  • Occupations of regional Australia, the MLTSSL will also apply with additional occupations available to support regional employers.
  • A requirement of a minimum of IELTS 5 (or equivalent test) in each
    test component.

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