Introduced in 1996, the 457 Work Visa to Australia allows skilled workers from overseas to work in Australia for up to four years. The popularity of this visa scheme stems from the diversity of occupations on offer through the program. Ranging from engineers to music directors, the occupations list has opened up opportunities for international applicants and Australian employers alike.
Whilst the eligible occupations are reviewed and amended annually depending on Australia’s skilled shortages, the demand for skilled visas remains steady with over half of the applicants coming from China, Britain and India.
As of March 2015, a 15% increase in applicants was recorded by the Department of Immigration with 40,870 457 visa applications lodged from July 1st last year. A majority of this increase is made up of applicants from the following sectors:
More than a quarter of the 457 applications made in this time frame were submitted from backpackers and foreign students were already living in Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection recently announced several changes to the occupations list in addition to streamlining several visa streams to reduce the processing time.
There are many options available through the 457 work visa which is why you need to ensure you are applying for correct visa. The visas available under the 457 include:
Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa
Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa
Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 (Permanent)
Regional Employer Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187 (Permanent)
Long Stay Business Visa Subclass 457 (Temporary)
If you are currently in Australia and would like to speak to a registered migration agent, we have offices based on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. For applicants who are currently overseas, our team can organise a consultation on your 457 visa options and assist you throughout the entire application process. Contact us today.