457 Visa Changes from 19 November 2016

There are a number of key changes to the 457 visa sponsorship program from 19 November 2016:

> From 19 November 2016, the period that a primary subclass 457 visa holder can remain in Australia after their employment ceases will be reduced from 90 days to 60 days. This change would apply to subclass 457 visas granted on, or after, 19 November 2016.

> The definition of “Member of the Family Unit” (MOFU) will be amended: only partners and children can meet the definition (other relatives are no longer permitted); ‘children’ are limited to individuals aged under 18; or between 18 and 23 only if they are dependent (an upper age limit has been added); or 23 or older only if they are physically or mentally incapacitated for work.

> The trigger that starts the clock on cessation of an associated bridging visas will now change from the notification date (which includes postage times) to the decision date, reducing the total period from a maximum of 35 to 28 days.

> The Restaurant (Fine Dining) industry labour agreement has been updated to include the occupation of Trade Waiter.

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