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on 21 Apr 2017
Hey everyone, I was planning on moving to Australia for work and have been in the process of looking for a job. But now I hear from a friend the work visa rules have changed. What does this mean for my future plans? Can I still move to Australia?
Smith on 21 Apr 2017
Basically the Australian government has brought in a new visa system to replace the 457 visa. The new system has a lot more limitations - fewer occupations are eligible for this visa and it will be more difficult for foreigners to get permanent residency in Australia. You can get a good overview of the situation with this article: http://www.expatarrivals.com/article/australian-457-visa-reforms-what-you-need-to-know

I think it's important that you check the skill shortage lists on the Australian government's website to see if your profession is affected. Once you have a clearer picture of what's going on then you can come up with a plan, but unfortunately the gist of the situation is that you may well find it more difficult to move to Australia now. Good luck.
Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Apr 2017
Hi, I've been employed with a 457 visa for two years. I've changed employer once and my new employer was willing to sponsor me for the Regional Skilled Visa. However like a lot of people my job was taken off the occupation list. Is my application for Permanent Residency at risk? Will I fall under the conditions of my 457 when it was granted in 2015 or under the new reform? This is very overwhelming as I already spent a lot of money in police certificate, English test and medical check for my PR application. Thanks
Meagan on 26 Apr 2017
Hi there,

Unfortunately the new visa rules have been implemented quite suddenly – because of this, it's very difficult to tell what the long-term effects are going to be, especially for current 457 visa holders such as yourself.

I did manage to find a recently published article by the Huffington Post which you may find helpful. It details a case similar to yours. (Please click here to read the article.)

Hope this helps somewhat. Sorry I couldn't be more specific – in these situations it can be hard to tell what the long-term effects will be. Best of luck.

M