• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 4/11/2011

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
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Migration Newsflash: New accreditation scheme for 457 visas 

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP, has announced a new accreditation scheme that will allow companies to obtain approval for priority processing and 6 year business sponsorships.

The scheme will commence on 7 November 2011 and will require additional benchmarks to be met by companies in order to qualify.


The Minister's announcement is a further measure intended to support a fast and flexible avenue to sponsor overseas workers and fill areas of need.


This need for a priority processing scheme was identified in the Minister’s announcement with reference to:

  • the increasing use of the 457 visa program with 54,360 visas granted in the 2010-11 program year
  • KPMG’s Skilled Migration Survey 2011 which found the subclass 457 visa program provided a flexible avenue to alleviate skill shortages in growth sectors such as the mining industry.