Impact on international students:
Abolition of 457 visas
Impact on international students: Abolition of 457 visas
Recently Australian Government announced changes to Australia’s Skilled Migration program.
The new visa reform has proposed removal of some occupations from the skilled occupations lists. However, it is reassured that it will not directly impact international students.
The changes include:
- Abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and replacing it with a new two-year and four-year Temporary Skill Shortage visa in March 2018.
- 216 occupations have been removed; 59 cautions to occupations have been added.
- Sharpening the scope of eligibility requirements, and improving integrity for employer sponsored temporary and permanent skilled visas;
- Maintenance of concessions for regional Australia.
(For detailed information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.)
“The international education sector can take some comfort from the fact that student-related visas do not appear to be affected by this decision,” said IEAA CEO, Phil Honeywood.
International students looking for jobs after completing their education in Australia fall under the 485 post-study work visa and will be able to move on to permanent residency easily, which remains unaffected.