I am holding a 457 visa now, will the changes affect me?
Your 457 visa remains valid until the expiry date entered in the approval notice you received on the date your 457 visa application was approved. The approval period could be anywhere between 6 weeks and 4 years validity, depending on several factors.
If approved after 18 April 2017, even if submitted prior to that date, 457 visa applications that nominated an occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) were only granted a visa for up to 2 years validity. 457 visa applications that nominated an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) were granted a visa for up to 4 years validity.
Despite the above, if you held, or had applied for, a 457 visa on or before 18 April 2017, then transitional arrangements are in place that allow you to apply for employer sponsored permanent residence under the regime that existed prior that date, excepting English language requirements. The transitional arrangements include the age requirement (no more than 50 years at lodgement), occupation list (not required) and 2 years holding a 457 or TSS visa.
Note that these transitional arrangements apply even if a subsequent TSS visa is required to meet 2 years holding a 457 or TSS visa, or a change of employer occurs. Renewal of a 457 or TSS visa does not affect the transitional arrangements, however, the permanent employer nominated visa application must be submitted by March 2022 (within the next 4 years).
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