New Subclass 457 Obligation on Standard Business Sponsors will Commence April 2016

April 17, 2016
New Subclass 457 Obligation on Standard Business Sponsors will Commence April 2016

The Migration Regulations had been amended in respect of Subclass 457 visas to strengthen the ‘genuiness’ provision.  The purpose of the amendment is to:

  • Address inappropriate use of the Subclass 457 programme by imposing an obligation on standard business sponsors to require them not to engage in recruitment practices which discriminate against potential employees on the grounds of immigration status or citizenship;
  • Streamline the processing of Subclass 457 visa applications by requiring visa applicants to enter details of a nomination by a sponsor or proposed sponsor when making internet visa applications;
  • Remove visa criteria which require provision of evidence of English language proficiency by Subclass 457 visa applicants who are already required to demonstrate such proficiency to obtain occupational registration or licensing;

Source:  Australian Government