457 visa changes, STSOL & MLTSSL

The basic premise to yesterday changes of the permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme can be summarised as:

  • The STSOL replaces the former CSOL
  • The MLTSSL replaces the former SOL
  • The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018
  • Future changes to both the STSOL and MLTSSL lists are expected on July 1st, 2017. (we would expect some occupations to disappear given the current criteria)

The STSOL & MLTSSL list has immediate effect from midnight (AEDST) April 19th, 2017.

Key changes to the eligibility requirements can be summarised as:

  • A minimum of three years’ work experience is required
  • a maximum age of 45
  • Strengthened training benchmark requirements
  • employers must meet minimum salary requirements and pay a ‘market rate’ salary
  • minimum IELTS score of 6+
  • a commitment to working for the company for 3 years

Anyone applying for a 457 visa from now until March 2018 must be working in an occupation listed on the STSOL or MLTSSL. If you’re on the short-term list, your visa will only be granted for 2 years and you will not have a pathway to PR. If you’re on the medium-term list, your 457 visa can still be granted for up to four years and you may have a pathway to PR after 3 years. Importantly current 457 visa holders who wish to transition to PR will still be entitled to apply for residency.

457 change

All registered migration agents received notification of these changes shortly after close of business yesterday, Tuesday April 18th. We addressed some of the questions we had with the Department (DIBP) this morning and it seemed we were not the only ones! Whilst we had been expecting changes we had not expected this timing and have been busy informing clients of the changes by telephone and email today.

Enquiry Note: If, in the past 10~14 days, you sent an email related enquiry only to us and have not been contacted, please be rest assured that these changes do not affect you.

A combined STSOL and MLTSSL list is running live on our website at the following link:

A list of deleted occupation from the former CSOL list can be viewed at this link:

The Department has issued a general public notice bulletin which can be found here.

Many of the questions we have received today are regarding the changes to the subclass 457 visa programme.  It should be noted that whilst this new legislation represents a tightening of the visa restrictions it is still be considered a viable visa option. For any concerns or enquiries about the new legislation please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try our best to answer you quickly.