Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas


On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

There are two main streams available under this new TSS visa program:

Short-term stream – this is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)1for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies)

Medium-term stream – this is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)1 for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years

Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 457)

Temporary Work Visa (subclass 457) visa works two-ways. It provides an opportunity to Australian employers to hire skilled labors. And, it allows qualified workers of a foreign country to explore their job opportunities in Australia. However, first an employer must nominate an employee.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) gives an opportunity for skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years. The visa applicant can apply for subclass 457 visa from outside of Australia.


  • The employer must be nominated to work in an approved occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) by an authorized business.
  • The designated person must fulfill the skill requirements for the chosen profession.
  • The applicant will be required to do a skill assessment depending on the selected occupation or country of passport.
  • The applicant must satisfy registration and licensing obligations (if applicable).
  • The applicant should meet the necessary English requirement.
  • The candidate must meet health, health insurance, and character requirements

English Requirements

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – overall test score of at least 5.0 with minimum 4.5 in every component.
  • Occupational English Test (OET) – Score of at least ‘B’ in each test segment.
  • TOEFL iBT- total score of at least 36 with a minimum score of 3 for listening and reading. A score of at least 12 for writing and speaking.
  • PTE Academic Test – overall PTE Academic test score of at least 36. Minimum score in each of the four components is 30.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Test (must be conducted on or after 1 January 2015) – the applicant must have an overall score of 154 or higher. And the applicant must have 147 in each of the four segments.
Visa Entitlements

After getting subclass 457 visa, one can stay up to 4 years in Australia and work for the approved business. The applicant can also travel inside and outside of Australia after getting the VISA. Moreover, the 457 subclass visa holder can apply for PR after two years. In that case, the sponsor must nominate the person again before applying for PR.


The above requirements may not be the only requirements for your visa processing. The Australian Immigration Services often change their requirements for visas. We understand that applying for this visa without proper support and guidelines can be an arduous task for most people. To ease up, we have an excellent team of Migration Consultants who will talk to you about the entire visa process. Please make the best use of our one-on-one visa consultants. Please visit your nearest onshore office at Australia or India.

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