IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? The Government has confirmed upcoming changes to the permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programs, and clarified important transitional provisions for current holders of Subclass 457 visas.
What does the change mean? Foreign workers will be subject to stricter criteria to be eligible for Employer Nomination Scheme or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visas. Critically, the Government has also announced that there will be transitional arrangements and that several “grandfather” provisions will apply to foreign workers who held, or had applied for, Subclass 457 visas on or before 18 April 2017 under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.
Details on transitional provisions: The following “grandfather” provisions will apply to foreign workers who held, or had applied for, Subclass 457 visas on or before 18 April 2017 under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream:
Upcoming changes to the ENS and RSMS streams: The following changes are set to take effect 1 March 2018:
BAL Analysis: Significantly, the transitional provisions allow foreign employees holding Subclass 457 visas to benefit from existing criteria. Employers should prepare for the March changes to the ENS and RSMS programs and anticipate additional changes in the coming months.
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