The Australian government is set to implement changes to the 457 visa plan starting July 1, a statement from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said.
The agency said the new rules would help protect the integrity of the program and keep it from being abused by unscrupulous employers.
Beginning next month, the agency will implement and introduce the following changes:
The agency added that these changes will not have any adverse effect on majority of employers who are currently using the program, albeit it would enhance government ability to identify problems and address issues as well as prevent violations against the 457 visa scheme.
The changes will not also affect the present visa holders but new applicants should comply with the new rules as they would be required to submit more proof to support their record and credibility or honesty in the industry and business.