Australia Permanent Visa and Transitional Arrangements: New Criteria in March 2018

Australia has confirmed new criteria for Australia Permanent Visa and Transitional Arrangements starting in March 2018. The changes will impact clients sponsoring transferees and current 457 Visa holders. There will be new, stricter requirements regarding occupation, salary, age, and work experience. Clients will also face a new skills levy that will fund training programs for Australian workers. Major changes include:

  • Salary must meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (A$53900)
  • Residency period waiting time increases to three years from the current two for permanent residency
  • Applicants must have at least three years of work experience in the employment category
  • Age limit is reduced to 45 from the current 50
  • Training levy of A$3000 up to A$5000 depending on company size

What is the Australia Permanent Visa issue?

Changes to permanent employer-sponsored skilled-worker categories are effective in March 2018. Consequently, the 457 Visa program will end. A new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa will replace the 457 Visa. Some 457 Visa holders will be subject to transitional provisions starting in March 2018.

Who is eligible for transitional provisions?

Transferees holding a 457 Visa as of April 18 2017, and those who applied for a 457 Visa as of April 18 2017 and were granted it on a later date, are eligible for transitional provisions. These transitional provisions allow the previous occupation requirements, maximum age of 50, and minimum length of two years in their employment.

What does this mean for you?

Clients who have a transferee working in Australia on a 457 Visa should communicate the upcoming changes. Transferees holding 457 Visas who are eligible for permanent residence should apply prior to March 2018. The new requirements may limit the number of skilled employees that clients are able to sponsor for permanent residency.


Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts can help HR teams understand and prepare for issues related to Australia Permanent Visa, 457 Visas, the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visas, and the changes becoming effective in March 2018.

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