Work, Business and Skilled Visa in Australia

Are you an Australian employer experiencing a skills shortage in your business?
Or perhaps you are a person with skills in short supply in Australia looking for a skilled work visa in Australia?

If you need a skilled visa in Australia, We can help.

We provide assistance with a skilled visa in Australia and many other visas such as:

  • Temporary employer-sponsored visas (subclass 457)
  • Permanent employer-sponsored visas (subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme & 187 –
    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)
  • General Skilled Migration (subclass 189)
  • State Nominated and Skilled Regional visas (subclass 190 & 489)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • Training visas (subclass 407)
  • Applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
  • Temporary Activity and Temporary Work visas (subclass 408 & 400)
  • Skills assessment applications
  • Managing an employer’s sponsorship compliance and monitoring by the Department of Home Affairs and the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Abolishing 457 Work Visa

On 18 April 2017 the Prime Minister announced that the Government intends to abolish the subclass 457 visa programme and replace it with a new temporary work programme with stricter eligibility requirements. While these changes will be implemented in stages and the subclass 457 visa will not be abolished until March 2018, a number of changes have come into effect on 19 April 2017 that have substantially changed the landscape of the 457 visa programme.

The Prime Minister’s stated intention of these reforms is to ensure that the subclass 457 visa programme is used to fill genuine gaps in the Australian labour market, rather than being used as a vehicle for securing a migration outcome.
Key changes that took place on 19 April 2017 are that the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced by the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Skilled Occupation List (“SOL”) has been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
216 occupations have been removed by the STSOL.
These changes are likely to affect thousands of current visa applicants in Australia.
The Government has announced that 457 visa applicants who had lodged their application on or before 18 April 2017, and whose application has not yet been decided, with an occupation that has been removed from the previous CSOL will no longer be eligible for a 457 visa.
This is the case even if the applicant met the relevant criteria at time of making the application.
Article Uploaded April 2017


Update on RSMS regional certification

Skilled Migration WA has announced that it is accepting new applications to certify positions in the following regions in WA:

• Gascoyne

• Great Southern

• Kimberley

• Mid West

• Peel

• Pilbara

• South West

• Wheatbelt

New applications for the Perth region remain suspended. Skilled Migration WA has not yet defined ”Perth region”.

Updates to come.

Article uploaded April 2017

Crackdown on “genuineness” of 457 visa position
When assessing a subclass 457 visa application, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)  considers whether the    sponsored position is “genuine” or whether the position has been created to secure a  migration outcome.
 On 1 July 2016 the DIBP released new policy on the issue of “genuineness”.
 The DIBP is carefully assessing the following situations (amongst others) as to the “genuineness” of the position:
 •  Self sponsorship (i.e. starting a company and sponsoring yourself)
 •  Where the visa applicant is a relative of the company’s director(s)
 •  Where the visa applicant has been living in Australia for a long time, on various visas
 •  Where the position is not consistent with the nature of the business (e.g. a physiotherapy practice seeking to  sponsor a landscape  gardener).
 The DIBP will issue a Request for Further Information if they are not satisfied the sponsored position is genuine.  These requests must be  taken seriously and responded to in detail.


Obligations on Employers Who Sponsor Skilled Workers for Subclass 457 Visas.

There are 10 obligations:

  • Obligation to cooperate with inspectors
  • Obligation to ensure equivalent terms and conditions of employment
  • Obligation to pay travel costs
  • Obligation to pay location and removal costs
  • Obligation to keep records
  • Obligation to provide records and information
  • Obligation to provide information when certain events occur
  • Obligation to ensure primary sponsored person works or participates in nominated occupation, program or activity
  • Obligation not to recover, transfer or take actions that would result in another person paying for certain costs
  • Obligation to provide training

A detailed description of each obligation can be found at the DIBP website. Failure to comply with these obligations can lead to significant consequences, including fines, cancellation of business sponsorship and bars on sponsoring skilled workers for temporary visas. Furthermore, this can result in an “adverse finding” which needs to be overcome in new subclass 457 visa and Permanent Employer Sponsored visa applications.

Rothstein Lawyers has substantial experience in this area.

Updated August 2016

Court Decision Changes Approach to 457 Visa Applicant Appeals

In Ahmad v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 182, 16 December 2015, the court overturned prior rulings that a 457 visa applicant could not appeal a visa refusal if the nomination were refused.

Therefore, notices informing 457 visa applicants that they could not appeal are probably invalid. Invalid notices could mean that no notice was given and that the 457 visa applicants may even now have a right of appeal.

Rothstein Lawyers in Perth and Joondalup can assess your eligibility.

Article uploaded on 23 December 2015.

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The latest in news.

Brand-new Graduate stream for WA State Nomination

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy is expected to be implemented in the first quarter of 2018-19, i.e. before 30 September 2018. Once implemented, a nominating employer will be required to pay a training contribution charge, based on the visa being applied for, the proposed visa duration and the turnover of the business.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy is expected to be implemented in the first quarter of 2018-19, i.e. before 30 September 2018. Once implemented, a nominating employer will be required to pay a training contribution charge, based on the visa being applied for, the proposed visa duration and the turnover of the business.

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