The Turnbull government is abolishing 457 visas for skilled migrants and replacing it with a tighter program. The new visa will include a short term two-year stream with a broad list of occupations reduced from the current list of more than 200.
The new visa will be focused on strategic, long-term skills gaps will have a four-year limit and require a higher standard of English than the current two-year visa. Like the current visa it will also require prior work experience.
Mr Dutton announced today that there would be no permanent residency outcomes at the end of the new short-term two-year visa. The new scheme will require employers to advertise jobs before filling them with foreign workers. A fee of $1150 will apply for the short term visa, while medium-term applicants will pay $2400.
It has been reported that the replacement to the subclass 457 new will better target genuine skills shortages including regional Australia.