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What is the change? The requirements to become an accredited sponsor in the Subclass 457 visa programme are set to change.
What does the change mean? Effective 1 July, Standard Business Sponsors must meet the required characteristics of one of four categories in order to qualify as an accredited sponsor. One category will be designed specifically for low-volume users of the 457 programme with at least 90 percent Australian workers. The other categories are reserved for government agencies, Australian Trusted Traders and high-volume 457 sponsors with at least 75 percent Australian workers. Accredited sponsors receive priority processing in the visa application process. Sponsorship is valid for six years.
Additional information: The changes to the accredited sponsorship programme are one of a host of immigration changes set to take effect 1 July. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the accredited sponsorship changes will be made to make sure that lower risk sponsors have greater opportunities to have access to streamlined processing services.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the new accreditation categories and required characteristics will be as follows:
*These characteristics require additional supporting documentation.
Eligible Standard Business Sponsors that meet one of the Accredited Status categories can apply for accredited status under the new rules by lodging a sponsorship variation application on or after 1 July.
BAL Analysis: While accredited sponsorship has be a good option for high-volume 457 visa sponsors in the past, the third category may present a good option for lower-volume 457 visa sponsors who have a high percentage of Australian workers in their Australian operations. Contact your BAL professional with questions about becoming an accredited sponsor or the steps that must be taken to obtain this status.
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