Australia: 457 visa – 1 July 2017 changes

Further to the Federal Government's announcement on April 19, 2017 about the abolition of the 457 visa program and the proposed staggered changes until March 2018, the second stage of the reforms to the 457 visa program were released on July 1, 2017.

457 visa applications can continue to be lodged until March 2018. From March 2018, prospective visa applicants must apply for the Temporary Skilled Shortage visa.

Businesses should be aware of these changes to assist them with better planning their workforce.

A summary of these changes is provided below:

What has changed?
New/updated legislative instruments