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Changes to the 457 visa

After the Australian government’s recent announcement about changes to the temporary skilled work visa, Go Study Australia would like to confirm that these changes will not affect work requirements for those on a student visa or temporary graduate visa in Australia.

We wanted to clarify some of the frequently asked questions about the changes and how it might affect international students.

What are the changes being made?

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457), often referred to as the ‘457 visa’ is being abolished and replaced with two new skilled work visas. The Temporary Skills Shortage visa (TSS) will include two streams, a Short-Term stream of up to two years, and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years. There are also changes to the list of occupations that can apply for skilled work visas. For more information about these changes, you can find out more at the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or feel free to contact one of our Go Study offices.

What do these changes mean for international students?

These changes do not directly affect international students and are designed to address skills shortages in the Australian workforce. International students are welcome in Australia and the Government remains committed to ensuring all international students have an outstanding experience.

I am a current visa holder. Will these changes affect me?

No. These changes will not affect current visa holders. They will only affect people applying for temporary skilled work visas in the future.

Will these changes affect Australia’s Student Visa ?

No. The changes will only affect Temporary Skilled Migrant Visas and will not affect visas for people coming to Australia to study. These changes will not affect work requirements for any of Australia’s student visas.

Learn more about Student Visas and Temporary Graduate Visas requirements here.

I would like to apply for a work visa when I complete my studies in Australia. How will these changes affect me?

These changes will affect the amount of time a temporary skilled work visa holder can stay in Australia and the occupations that are supported by their visa. To understand the changes, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection Fact Sheets or contact us.We are in Australia for you!

Please note that the status of the visa 457 is changing quickly and remain unsure until July 2017. We are working to ensure keep our blog article content up-to-date to assure you get the right information. Please feel free to contact Go Study Australia via australia@gostudy.com.au for any enquiry or help with enrolling in a suitable college or university.