For those in the know, changes to the 457 visa programme have been in the pipeline since 2014.
But no one expected to return from Easter long weekend to find the Government had slashed 216 jobs from the skilled occupation list (and caveat 59 other occupations) in a move that has blindsided industry and experts alike, not to mention visa applicants.
If you’re still trying to work through who in your company (or whether you) might be affected, here’s a detailed summary from The Migration Agency’s Sarah Thapa.
In her words:
“There was no advanced warning nor public consultation on the removal of occupations (which is the ordinary process for changes to skill lists). Many visa applicants have lost their eligibility for a work visa overnight, which puts them in quite a tenuous situation…”