October 22, 2014

In March of this year the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, announced an independent review to be performed on the 457 visa subclass (see our blog of March 27, 2014). This Independent Review into Integrity in the Subclass 457 Programme was published last month and included 22 main recommendations for change. Based on this review the government has now announced its intentions to implement 4 changes to the program:

1. Streamlining the application process for low risk applicants, while refocusing on compliance and monitoring of activities of higher risk applicants;

2. Increase the initial sponsorship approval period from 12 to 18 months for start-up businesses;

3. Increase flexibility regarding the English language testing and skill requirements;

4. Maintain the current Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold of AUS$ 53,900, to be reviewed within the next 2 years.

The date of implementation and further details on the above changes are expected to be announced soon by the government and other amendments to the program might follow. Pro-Link GLOBAL will keep you updated on any relevant changes.