06/03/18 - Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa for the new TSS visa
As you might all be aware, last 18th April 2017, the Government announced that the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
According to a recent release, The Department of Home Affairs (DHA), formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, is in the final stages of preparing for implementation of the new TSS visa. They have advised that the new visa will be implemented in early March 2018.
What we know until today?
There will be three options available under this new TSS visa program:
Short-term stream – this is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years.
Medium-term stream – this is for employees to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.
Labour Agreement stream – this is for employers to source overseas skilled workers in accordance with labour agreement with the Commonwealth, on the basis of a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and standard visa programs are not available, with the capacity to negotiate a permanent residence option.
Key reforms announced until today:
- Occupation lists – they will be reviewed every 6 months
- English language requirements – a requirement of an IELTS or equivalent test score of 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component
- Work experience – at least two years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation
- Labour market testing (LMT) – it will be mandatory, unless an international obligation applies
- Minimum market salary rate – Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold requirements
- Character – Mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided
- Workforce – a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
- Training requirement – Employers nominating a worker for a TSS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund.
We will continue to provide further updates as soon as possible when new information is released.
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