Rumoured Changes to the 457
January 9, 2016
There’s been media buzz recently about possible changes to the 457 visa programme, and in particular, the SOL and CSOL lists.
This means that some occupations could be removed from the lists, which has the potential to impact a lot of visa applicants.
We’ll step you through possible changes to both lists, and give you some advice on what to do if you think you might be affected.
Some occupations that might be removed include:
- Surveyors and cartographers
- Medical laboratory scientists
- Multiple medical practitioner specialisations
- Allied health professionals (radiographers, occupational therapists, podiatrists, speech pathologists)
- Barristers and solicitors
- Maritime transport professionals
If you see your occupation in this list, there’s no reason to panic just yet. Just because an occupation is on that list, doesn’t mean it’s definitely going to be removed. And even if it were to happen, the SOL list is changed on 1 July of each year, so there’s still time before any new list would come into effect.
If your occupation is removed from the list, you would no longer be eligible for the Skilled Independent 189 visa, or the Graduate Work Stream of the Graduate Temporary 485 visa.
BUT, the changes will not affect you if you lodge your visa application before any update.
The potential changes to the CSOL list relates to the government looking to cut the list for 457 visas. Currently, we’re not sure which occupations could be removed.
Unlike the SOL list, the CSOL list can be changed at any time of year, and can also affect the 186 visa and 407 visa.
The 457 visa requires the occupation to be approved at the “time of decision,” meaning that, unlike the changes to the SOL list, you won’t be protected even if you lodge your application before the decision comes into effect.
What should you do?
Any possible changes to both the SOL and CSOL lists means that, most importantly, you should apply for a visa as soon as possible to avoid being affected by any changes.
If you’re applying under the SOL list, you’ll be safe so long as you lodge your application before any changes kick in. But for the CSOL list, your occupation must still be on the list when a decision is made about your application.
Get in touch with us now to get a start on your application. You don’t want to delay and end up disappointed and denied a visa.