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VISA SUBCLASS 457 (TEMPORARY WORK SKILLED VISA)
On April 18, 2017, Australia repealed one of the most popular visas in the immigrants - the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa or subclass 457 visa. The visa was replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa or visa 482 which aimed to address genuine skill shortages in the country.
Visa 487 allowed the skilled workers to stay and work (for the sponsor) in Australia for up to two years if their chosen occupation was on the list of eligible skilled occupations, and up to four years, if their occupation was also on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Only those who had been sponsored by an approved business could apply for visa 457. However, if the sponsor was a startup or traded in Australia for less than 12 months, the visa was granted only for18 months.
Besides working in Australia, this visa also allows you to bring your family to Australia and these family members were allowed to study or work in Australia until your visa was valid. The visa also allowed you to travel in and out of Australia as often as you like.
This visa was also considered your key to permanent residency in Australia. The immigration agents used to advise people on how to move from visa 457 to PR. Since the visa has been repealed now, no new applications are being accepted under this category.
If you were planning to move to Australia under working visa 457, you might consider looking through visa 482. If you already hold this visa and are not sure what to do now, consider talking to Visa2Immigration's visa and immigration experts and take their assistance in designing the best course of action for you.