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Proposed 457 visa changes for the next 6-12 months

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Following an independent review of the 457 visa program held last year, the Australian federal government will implement most of the 51 recommendations. 

The following are a few of the proposed changes we can expect to see in the next 6-12 months. You can view the full list here.  

That it be made unlawful for a sponsor to be paid by visa applicants for a migration outcome, and that this be reinforced by a robust penalty and conviction framework.

That the current training benchmarks be replaced by an annual training fund contribution based on each 457 visa holder sponsored, with the contributions scaled according to size of business.

That the English language requirement be amended to an average score. For example, in relation to International English Language Testing System, the 457 applicant should have an average of 5 across the four competencies (or the equivalent for an alternative English language testing provider).

The government will not remove the current labour-market testing arrangements that require businesses to test employment markets first to find domestic skilled workers before turning to the 457 visa program.

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Crackdown on Business Sponsor Monitoring

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Federal Government has today announced a crackdown on integrity checks within the 457 skilled visa program. This will include more monitoring of 457 employers to ensure that sponsorship obligations are met. 

In addition, by sharing data with the Australian Taxation Office the Immigration Department will be ensuring that overseas workers receive their nominated salary and are not undercutting Australian jobs.
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“We will proactively prosecute and name and shame offenders exploiting overseas workers and misusing the program,’’ the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said.

The recommendations the government is adopting will include increased focus on targeting employers who seek to misuse the program, introducing greater transparency around the department’s sanctions processes and the sharing of information between key agencies.

To read the full story at The Australian, click here

AMVL offers a compliance check for Standard Business Sponsors who want to ensure their business is meeting their Sponsorship Obligations. Our consultants will come to your business to review your records and procedures, and to make recommendations on how to improve your processes.

If you would like us to conduct a compliance check, or if you have received formal letter requesting information for Sponsor Monitoring, please contact our office and will be able to help you with this matter.

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Employers reminded to check their employees visas

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Employers of foreign workers are being warned to check their workers visas as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection started crack down on illegal workers in Bundaberg this week.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash recently issued details of the crack down, reminding employers and foreign workers of the consequences of any illegal working arrangements;

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said officers from her Department located and detained eight people working illegally following visits to a range of commercial and residential properties.

'While some of these people had no visa, others were working in breach of their visa conditions and all of them have been transferred to detention facilities pending their removal from Australia,' Minister Cash said.

The group included two men and a woman from Korea, a woman and two men from Thailand, one male Malaysian national and one Indian man.

'Employers and contractors must be more vigilant about ensuring their overseas workers have valid visas and are working legally. An easy web check using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online tool on the Department's website is all it takes,' Minister Cash said.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years' imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

Seeking expert advice about employing foreign workers? Contact a Registered Migration Agent at AMVL Migrations to learn about your eligibility to sponsor foreign workers and the steps and obligations involved. Our team specialise in all visa categories and pride themselves on providing our clients with professional and friendly migration assistance.

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