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The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) also popularly known as 457 visa allows overseas skilled workers to travel to Australia to fulfil the labour shortages and work for an approved business in their nominated occupation for up to four years. The visa applicant can be in or outside Australia? when the visa application is lodged.
The main visa applicant must:
This employer sponsored business visa can be valid up to four years after it is granted. This visa allows the nominated employee to work in Australia with the approved sponsor for the life of the visa, bring dependent family members to work or study in Australia and travel in and out of Australia without restriction.
It is important that the main applicant can speak, write and understand a sufficient level of English while working in Australia. The following tests are used to determine the level of English language proficiency:
The steps involved in applying for 457 visa can be categorized into three stages.
There are two ways to become an approved sponsor:
The nomination must meet and justify various factors such as:
The main applicant, upon written consent from the sponsor, can include the following people in the visa application at the time of lodgement:
These family members must meet the set requirements for inclusion and documentary evidence of their relationship to the main applicant should be provided.
Primary and secondary visa holders must comply with certain conditions, as failure to do so might result in the visa being cancelled.
The primary visa holders must:
All primary and secondary visa holders must:
Sponsorship obligations apply to all sponsors of subclass 457 visa holders. They are in place to ensure that overseas skilled workers are protected from exploitation, and that the subclass 457 visa programme is being used to meet genuine skills shortages. The sponsor could be liable to action if the sponsorship obligations are violated.
Some of the sponsorship obligations are as follows:
English rest result is valid for 3 years for 457 visa application and should be valid at the time of application lodgement.
Both General and Academic are acceptable.
The current minimum salary which needs to paid by an employer to a 457 visa applicant is AUD 53,900 plus superannuation.
No, experience is not mandatory for an applicant of this visa; however, the applicant needs to submit evidence of experience if s/he wants to get waiver for the qualification(s) requirement for this visa. However, based on the occupation and country of passport there are circumstances in which case officer may request for a skills assessment if they have concerns that the applicant may not have the skills, qualifications and employment background to perform the tasks of the nominated occupation.
Yes, however the outcome of initial stage will affect the outcome of next stage(s).
Yes, they can apply for PR through ENS (Employer Nomination Scheme) visa, however the employer has to nominate them again before lodging the visa.
Yes, dependents can study and work while in 457 visa as they don’t have any study and work restrictions.
Yes, if the applicant has another employer who is willing to sponsor him.
No, a 457 visa holder is not allowed to work anywhere except for the employer who has sponsored the applicant.
Yes, 457 dependents can work anywhere and with any company without restriction.
Yes, onshore and offshore applicants can be included in the same 457 visa application.
No, skill assessment is not required as the applicant has already demonstrated one’s skill during 2 years in 457 Visa.