What is a 457 Visa?
Also known as a “work visa” or a “work permit” or “temporary business entry”, a 457 visa allows work in Australia for a period of between 1 day and 48 months. The 457 visa program is one of Australia’s largest visa programs. Visa holders are usually able to work for their sponsoring employer only (notable exception: Doctors). Visa holders can work in Australia and have their partners and any children live in Australia with them (and work, in they desire). There is typically no restriction on the work that can be undertaken by partners of 457 visa holders. Dependant visa holders are therefor said to hold the most flexible temporary visa on the planet!
How do I get a 457 visa?
There are three separate applications and approvals required for the 457 visa program.
- Firstly, an employer must be approved to sponsor foreign workers to be granted a work visa.
- Secondly, a position must be approved for the sponsored worker. This is a called a Nomination Application.
- Thirdly, a visa application must be approved.
Recent changes in 457 visa rules (now managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection “DIBP”) have made 457 visa grants more difficult by raising English language requirements and by introducing more tests to confirm whether nominations (job vacancies filled by 457 visa workers) can not first be filled by Australian citizens or permanent residents. Labour Market Testing (“LMT”) is a step back to the dark ages, a decade ago, when LMT was a part of the 457 visa process.
How much does a 457 Visa cost?
Each of the three approvals (Business Sponsor Approval, Nomination Approval and 457 Visa) attract a fee upon lodgement of the application with the Department of Immigration (DIBP).
A schedule of fees and charges applicable to applications lodged at DIBP is published regularly.
DIBP fees for Standard Business Sponsorship Applications are now $420.
DIBP fees for Nomination Applications are now $330.
DIBP fees for 457 Visa Applications are now $1035 and additional fees apply for secondary applicants.
If you use an Immigration Lawyer or Registered Australian Migration Agent, additional fees are payable to Immigration Lawyers and Agents. The amount of the fee will depend on the level of skill of the Immigration Law Specialist, the complexity of the applications, the number of applicants, and the urgency of the application.
At our consultations, we’ll help you to:
- Identity the most appropriate immigration application you need to make;
- Select the best 457 occupation from the consolidated skilled occupation list; and
- Prepare and lodge all Standard Business Sponsor Applications, 457 Nomination Applications and 457 Visa applications.
FAQs about 457 Visa applications
More questions about 457 via criteria? Check out our 457 Visa FAQ page.
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