This GMS Flash Alert reports on an announcement from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding a reduction in the timeframe for primary 457 visa holders being able to remain in Australia following cessation of employment.
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced a reduction in the timeframe for primary 457 visa holders being able to remain in Australia following cessation of employment.1
This change is scheduled to come into effect from 19 November 2016, subject to final approval by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Under the new policy, the change from a 90-day timeframe to a 60-day timeframe upon cessation of employment will affect companies’ employees granted a 457 visa on or after 19 November 2016, where an employment ends or is terminated. Employers may need to review current internal policies or communications if reference is made to the 90-day timeframe.
The change will be effected through the amendment of visa condition 8107 attached to newly granted primary Subclass 457 visas.
Under the revised visa condition 8107, all primary 457 visa holders who are granted their visas on or after 19 November 2016 will have 60 days to depart Australia or apply to remain upon the cessation of employment with their sponsoring employer. This has been reduced from the 90 days afforded to existing primary 457 visa holders.
All sponsorship obligations of approved Standard Business Sponsors under the 457 visa program, such as the requirement to notify the immigration department of a cessation of employment within 28 days of the employee’s last day of employment, will remain unchanged.
1 This information is sourced from DIBP’s 457 and BV ABC Management Section, Temporary Visa Programme Branch. It has yet to be published on the DIBP website.
This article is excerpted from “Reduced Timeframe for 457 Visa Holders to Depart Australia after Cessation of Employment (PDF 148 KB),” in Migration Newsflash (18 October 2016), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in Australia.
For additional information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services professional* or one of the following immigration professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Australia:
Tel. +61 2 9335 8625
Tel. +61 8 9263 7181
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not offer immigration services.
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