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  • Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 13/06/2013

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 

In line with our previous newsflashes outlining the package of reforms which will affect the subclass 457 visa program, proposed legislation is now before Parliament in the form of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013. The Immigration Minister has characterised the Bill as achieving a balance between the interests of Australian workers’ job opportunities while also protecting overseas workers.

The amendments contained in the Bill, if passed, will introduce the following:

  • Labour Market Testing
  • extra time provided to workers after ceasing employment with their sponsor
  • sponsorship obligations and compliance.

 

This Migration Newsflash includes further details of the proposed legislation and implications for employers.


Key insights

  • Under the amended legislation, sponsors must undertake Labour Market Testing (LMT) in relation to subclass 457 nominated occupations.
  • To demonstrate LMT, the sponsor will be required to have sought a suitable qualified Australian citizen or permanent resident within 6 months prior to submission of an application for nomination approval.
  • The introduction of LMT for subclass 457 visas is likely to affect companies hiring trade occupations in the first instance, but could extend to occupations in the Manager and Professional categories in future.
 

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