The Government is axing the 457 visa class and replacing it two new visas.
This includes a two-year visa — which can be renewed for another two years — and a four-year visa targeted at specific high-level skills.
Both visas demand at least two years of relevant work experience, something not required under the 457 scheme, while the longer visa calls for higher standards of English proficiency.
Applicants must also complete a criminal history check instead of the self-declaration under the now-abolished scheme.
There are also changes to the permanent residency arrangements under the new scheme — previously, 457 visa holders could be eligible for permanent residency after two years.
There is no residency pathway under the new two-year visa, while four-year visa holders will see the permanent residence eligibility period extended from two to three years.
Who will be affected?
More than 200 jobs have been cut from the list of occupations that foreign workers can apply for under the new scheme.
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