• Service: Tax, Global Mobility, Immigration
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 5/08/2013

Migration Newsflash

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

Migration Newsflash: Transitional arrangements – Subclass 457 visa applications 

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced certain transitional arrangements with respect to the new rules for subclass 457 visa applications introduced with effect 1 July 2013. Transitional arrangements will apply to subclass 457 visa applications lodged before 1 July 2013 but not finally determined as at 1 August 2013.

Further, DIAC has released a Discussion Paper on the implementation of Labour Market Testing (LMT), indicating that the LMT rules are not expected to come into effect before November 2013. This is to provide employers with time to undertake steps to demonstrate that they can comply with LMT rules as they are expected apply to subclass 457 visa applications from that time.


This Migration Newsflash includes further details and implications for employers.


Key insights

  • Implementation of the transitional arrangements means applicants who were exempt from the English language requirement at time of lodgement will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
  • In addition, applicants nominated in the positions of Program and Project Administrator or Specialist Manager not elsewhere classified will not be required to obtain a positive skills assessment.
  • All subclass 457 visa applications lodged post 1 July 2013 will continue to be subject to the appropriate English and skill criteria, in accordance with the new rules.
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and DIAC have issued an alert regarding immigration related scams.

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