Change to the subclass 457 visa


From 19 November 2016 the period that a subclass 457 visa holder may remain in Australia after their employment ceases was reduced from 90 days to 60 days.

The change will assist in ensuring that the 457 programme meets its intent of acting as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, Australian workers.

The change will also reduce the vulnerability of 457 visa holders, who are only permitted to work for an approved sponsor and who are not eligible for unemployment benefits, from entering into informal employment arrangements.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that Australian workers have priority and to reducing the potential for temporary visa holders to be exploited.