In addition, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has been given expanded powers to play a role in the monitoring of the subclass 457 visa program, particularly around ensuring subclass 457 visa holders are working in their nominated occupations and are receiving market rates of pay. The Budget has provided for additional funding for the FWO to undertake these activities.
This Migration Newsflash includes details of changes to the 457 visa application charge announced in the 2013 Federal Budget.
- The charge will rise from $455 to $900 per 457 visa application.
- The increase is expected to increase revenues by approximately $47 million in FY2013/2014 and over $52 million in FY2014/2015.
- The fee increase is in line with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s visa pricing initiative which is anticipated may also introduce other new charges later in the year.