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Australia to Implement new Qualifying Criteria for the sponsors of Subclass 457 Visa- Welcome Changes for Employees

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 22, Jun 2016

visas default image The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) of Australia is going to employ the new qualifying parameters for certified sponsors with effect from July 1, 2016. As per the latest announcement, DIBP will reduce the volume of application needed by a sponsor to qualify for Accredited Sponsor status. Moreover, there will now be a streamlined processing program available for the valid subclass 457 visa sponsors w.e.f. the same date.

What will be the new qualifying parameters for Accredited Sponsorship?

The new qualifying criteria for Accredited Sponsorship are as follows:

  • The foreign workers being hired under subclass 457 Visa need to sign a written employment contract which will include the minimum employment rights established under National Employment Standards (if the occupation is not exempt from this need)
  • The employees in Australia need to be paid the minimum salary as per the current market rate
  • The organizations need to provide all information with regard to the directors, principals, and business activities by the employers to the DIBP as the same is needed for standard business sponsorship applications.
  • The required volume of applications, which a sponsor need to file to become eligible for Accredited Sponsor status shall get reduced to 10 in the last 24 months, in place of 30 in the past one year.
Implementation of Streamlined Processing Program

With effect from July 1, 2016, Accredited Sponsors which DIBP considers low-risk can become eligible for streamlined processing and in certain conditions; auto-approval may be considered without interference by a case officer. Know in depth

How the new criteria will affect the employers?

It is to be noted that the existing accredited sponsors, which do not fulfill the new qualifying criteria after July 1, 2016, their status as accredited sponsor can be invalidated or repealed. Moreover, such sponsors wont be eligible for streamlined processing as well.

The DIBP will issue the notification to the current accredited sponsors to upgrade their accreditation status as per new requirements in order to access the new streamlined processing program.

Current Accredited Sponsors that do not meet the new eligibility requirements after July 1, 2016 may have their Accredited status revoked and will not be eligible for the new streamlined processing arrangements. The step taken regarding reduction of application volume will certainly allow more employers to get accreditation status.

Want to apply for subclass 457 Visa to work in Australia temporarily? Here how you can proceed

The Subclass 457 visa allows the selected applicants to live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. If you wish to apply for subclass 457 visa through employer sponsorship, you can get in touch with the Visas Avenue immigration experts at contact nos. 011-48447777 (Delhi) or 080-46668222 (Bangalore).

The experts at Visas Avenue will guide you about the whole procedure of subclass 457 visa and shall help you in applying for the same. The visas Avenue is a prominent immigration advisory company in India that specializes in Australia Immigration Process. You may also send your queries with regard to above at our email id


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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