The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued the list of occupations which Australian employers will be able to sponsor to meet skill shortage in the year 2017-18. The revised list which has been further slashed after removing 218 occupations in April this year, is now divided into two parts, Medium and Long-term and a short term Skilled Occupation list.
The Temporary Work visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years after it is granted if the nominated occupation is listed on the Combined list of eligible skilled occupations or this period is required due to international trade obligations. If the nominated occupation is not on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List, two years after it is granted.
In order to secure a 457 visa, an applicant must be sponsored by an approved business. Businesses are permitted to sponsor overseas workers if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.
English language requirements have also been revised for overseas workers wanting to be in Australia on 457 visas.