The Australian government has recently implemented a new

legislation which makes numerous changes to the Subclass 457 visa

program. These policy changes are a reflection of the

government's overall goals that aim to streamline the visa

application process and protect the local workforce in


Some of the amendments include:

  • Banning employers from engaging in

    discriminatory recruitment practices to ensure the Subclass 457

    visa program is not being misused. Employers who do not comply with

    this new rule may be subject to fines;

  • Requiring visa applicants to input

    the details of a nomination by a sponsor or proposed sponsor when

    submitting online visa applications in order to streamline the

    overall processing of Subclass 457 visa applications; and

  • Cease the English language

    proficiency requirement for Subclass 457 visa applicants

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