#1 WHAT IS A 457 VISA?

Also known as a “work visa” or a “work permit” or “temporary business entry”, a 457 visa allows one to work in Australia for a period of time 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, if they desire).

There is typically no restriction on the work that can be undertaken by partners of 457 visa holders. Dependant visa holders are dependant because of this – 457 dependent visa holders are 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 in order to be granted a work visa – this is called a Standard Business Sponsorship.

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 the 457 visa rules (now managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) have made 457 visa grants more difficult. The DIBP has raised English language requirements and introduced more tests to confirm whether nominations (job vacancies filled by 457 visa workers) cannot first be filled by Australian citizens or permanent residents. Labour Market Testing (“LMT”) is regressive – a decade ago, LMT was a part of the 457 visa process.


Each of the three approvals (Business Sponsor Approval, Nomination Approval and 457 Visa) attract a fee upon lodgement of the application with the 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 Advisor or Registered Australian Migration Agent, additional fees are payable to Immigration Advisors and Agents. 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:

  • Identify 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.

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