The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has reduced the amount of time a 457 visa holder can stay in Australia after their employment with their sponsor has ceased.

Currently 90 days, visa holders will now have to apply to remain or leave the country in 60 days.

DIBP is confident the change will strengthen the integrity of the subclass 457 visa programme and made the following statement “reducing the employment cessation period will contribute to subclass 457 visa holders being less vulnerable to informal employment and reduce the period in which they can compete within the Australian labour market for further employment”.

All subclass 457 visa holders approved on or after the 19th November 2016 will be affected.

Employers and visa holders should consider the consequences of this change when ceasing employment.

If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact simon.devere@stirlinghenry.com