What’s New on the Australian 457 Business Sponsorship visa?
There are few changes on the 457 Business Sponsorship Visa that came into effect recently.
1. English Language Requirement.
Although the Government didn’t support expanding the list of nationalities exempt from English language test, there are still good news.
In addition to IELTS and OET, the Australian government starts accepting TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE and Cambridge CAE certificates as part of your visa application.
These are the minimum required scores for 457 Sponsored Visa:
IELTS – overall average score of 5, a minimum score of at least 4.5 in each band (while you needed a minimum of 5 before.)
OET – “B pass”for all four components
TOEFL – total of 36 points, at least 3 in Listening and Reading and at least 12 in Speaking and Writing
Cambridge English: Advanced – Average score of 154, with minimum of 147 in each band
Pearson Test of English (Academic) – Average of 36 points, with minimum of 30 in each band.
Also, another change is that you are exempt to English language testing if you’ve completed at least 5 years of study at the secondary or tertiary level. The study is not needed to be continuous and without breaks as it was before.
2. Minimum salary for exemption from market rate salary requirements was reduced from $250,000 to $180,000.
3. Your Employer has now a longer period provided to notify the Immigrations on any changes concerning the visa or the job. This period has been extended from 10 to 28 days.
The Australian Immigration is trying to strengthen the integrity of the Sponsorship program, making some of the requirements more flexible. It is expected that this visa route will be further amended – the process will be simplified and the approval periods will be increased. All these should take effect before the end of 2015/2016.
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