I just wanted to pop a quick post up to acknowledge the changes to 457 visas that have been announced today by Malcolm Turnbull. 457 visas have been abolished and a new visa structure put in place. It is a big shake up of temporary visas and it is likely that further changes will be coming (both for temp visas and permanent residency visas too).
Changes in Australia immigration rules for temporary 457 visas
Here is the new list of eligible skilled occupations, which breaks down the two new lists: the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (which has the catchy abbreviation of MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). At the bottom of the page is also the list of removed occupations which is quite a hefty list.
If you want to know how the changes are going to affect your plans to immigrate to Australia, you can send an email to Veronika Hurbis – the MARA registered migration agent who works with me on this site and in my closed Facebook group (if you aren’t a member already, visit Move to Australia Community and request to join so you can be part of the conversations going on over there). To send a message to Veronika, click the link on my Trusted Experts page. Please bear with her though as I’m sure after this announcement, her inbox may be swamped.
What other visa rule changes can we expect?
The government has the power to make changes with little or no warning. Nobody can say what other changes are likely to be coming, but the hints have been out there for a while that there is more to come.
The reason for writing this post is to say if you are eligible for a visa RIGHT NOW, and you are serious about moving to Australia, then get your application underway as who knows what changes are around the corner. It is likely to only get more difficult to migrate to Australia the longer you wait. If you delay, you may miss your chance altogether. We debated for so long about whether to move that it ended up costing us a fortune (as visa prices were restructured while we ummed and ahhed, meaning we had to buy visas for all five of us and it set us back ££££). Waiting cost us money which was a big pain, but it could have been much worse if we’d found out we weren’t eligible (again, we almost found out we weren’t eligible too but were lucky that we discovered Veronika who helped us to identify a suitable occupation after being told we were ineligible by so many other agents – phew!).
If you’re struggling to make the decision to move, invest some time in making the decision now. If you need some support making the decision, I’ve put together my Decision Maker programme to help you work out whether the move is right for you and your family, but it doesn’t matter how you do it – you just need to work out whether you want to move to Australia or not.
If you’ve made the decision that the move is right for you, then now is the time to start the ball rolling – get your skills assessment done, take the English language test if you need to – get the paperwork underway as soon as possible. Don’t risk letting potential future immigration rule changes get in the way of you achieving your dream. (And if you have started the process, then you might be interested in my Ultimate Emigration Checklist which helps you focus on which tasks you need to do and takes the overwhelm out of it all.)
I can’t imagine what it’s like to wake up to immigration rule changes that take the decision away from you, but I’m sure there are people waking up today to that very news. Don’t let it be you (and if you are concerned that today’s changes are going to prevent you from making the move, get professional advice immediately. An agent will be able to help you identify any other options that are open to you so don’t give up just yet).
Have you been affected by the abolition of the 457 visas today? Has it scared you into changing the timescale of your move to sooner rather than later? Let me know in the comments below.