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Event Recap - Changes to the 457 Visa Program and Implications for Victorian Businesses

22 June 2017

Understanding the implications of changes to the 457 Visa Program was the focus of our luncheon seminar held on 22 June at Holding Redlich. Mr Lou Farinotti, Partner at Holding Redlich opened the proceedings by welcoming guests and giving an overview of the event.

The presentations provided attendees with timely analysis of the changes by expert speakers Mr Ivan Chait, Consultant, Santa Fe Immigration Services, and Ms Rachel Drew, National Immigration Partner at Holding Redlich.

In his presentation, Ivan provided insight into the changes to the 457 Visa category as well as the Employer Nomination and General Skilled Migration categories; the new visas that will replace the 457 Visa; and the impact on Australian employers.

Rachel’s presentation centred on the practical requirements of sponsoring workers on long-stay work visas, both pre- and post-changes, providing a step by step process that employers can follow. Rachel covered the fundamentals of sponsoring employees; what positions are accepted; training benchmarks; eligibility criteria; and how to speed up processing.  

The event, which comes approximately a month after the Commonwealth Government announced the cessation of the 457 Visa program, received very positive feedback from attendees and equipped them with a clear understanding about how their businesses can respond to the changing requirements.

ACBC Victoria would like to extend our sincere thanks to our guest speakers, Mr Ivan Chait and Ms Rachel Drew, for their insightful presentations. ACBC would also like to thank Mr Lou Farinotti and Holding Redlich for kindly hosting this event. We also extend our thanks to members and friends for attending the event.