Surge in 457 Visa applications to Australia
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International students contribute to surge in 457 Visa applications to Australia

The popularity of the 457 Visa program continues to grow with applicants from India, Britain and China leading the charge by accounting for over 50% of the applications.  The figures which were released recently by the Australian Department of Immigration have also highlighted that more than 25% of applications are made from students and backpackers who were already living in Australia.

The figures on the recent surge in 457 Visa applications has given hope to particular industries who are struggling to find skilled workers. Hospitality, IT and Science are the industries which have received the highest number of visa applications.  Recently a newly proposed visa program targeting regional areas and states to help boost population, was in the spotlight for putting an emphasis on assisting specific industries who were struggling with finding workers (such as agriculture).

The Australian government constantly reviews the industries to ensure that the 457 visa applications are being opened to the industries who need skilled workers the most.  These reviews also take into consideration the unemployment figures within Australia to ensure there is not an over-abundance of Australian skilled workers in particular industries. These industries are broken down into specific occupations which is released through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on their Skilled Occupation List.

The visas available on through the 457 program include:

  • Skilled Independent – Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated – Subclass 190
  • ENS – Employer Nomination Scheme – subclass 186 (permanent)
  • RSMS – Regional Employer Sponsored Migration Scheme – Subclass 187 (permanent)
  • Long Stay Business Visa – subclass 457 (temporary)

If you would like any information on the opportunities available to live, work and travel in Australia, please contact our head office and speak to one of our registered migration agents.

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