The March 2018 changes to subclass 457 visas and permanent employer-sponsored visas have caused a lot of concern and stress for many visa holders and employers in Australia.

The Australian Government is making efforts to mitigate hardship for existing temporary visa holders.

In late 2017 the Australian Government announced “transitional arrangements” for people who:

  • held a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 and continue to hold this visa or a TSS visa/related bridging visa at time of application for permanent residency; or
  • lodged a subclass 457 visa application on or before 18 April 2017 which was subsequently granted and continue to hold this visa or a TSS visa/related bridging visa at time of application for permanent residency.

If you think you fall into one of the above categories, you may still be eligible for an Australian permanent visa, even if your occupation is not on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

Please contact Rothstein Lawyers to discuss your visa options and prospects of success.