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Using business visas to build your business . Presenter : Isobel Adams Date : 16 May 2007. Border Sovereignty. Skill Shortages. Employing foreign nationals–a volatile time. Industrial relations landscape Skill shortages

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using business visas to build your business

Using business visas to build your business

Presenter : Isobel Adams

Date : 16 May 2007

employing foreign nationals a volatile time
Employing foreign nationals–a volatile time
  • Industrial relations landscape
  • Skill shortages
  • Allegations of abuse of foreign employees (Labor & Trade Unions campaign)
  • Increase in numbers of 457 visas & debate on 457 program
  • Increased compliance activities by DIAC
  • High levels of individuals who overstay and seek to work or who seek to work in breach of visa conditions
  • Employer sanctions relating to employment of foreign nationals
subclass 457 visa process
Subclass 457 visa process
  • Application for business sponsor status
  • Nomination of position
  • Personal application by applicant and dependents

Issues

  • size of sponsoring company
  • base salary threshold ($41,850 & $57,300 IT roles)
  • occupational category
key sponsorship obligations
Key Sponsorship Obligations
  • Notification to DIAC – departure & changes to assignment
  • Meet minimum salary requirements
  • Pay all hospital & medical costs
  • Superannuation and taxation requirements
  • Repatriation arrangements
  • Ongoing monitoring requirements
proposed changes to 457 program
Proposed Changes to 457 Program
  • 457 assignees to be placed on Australian payroll
  • 457 assignees paid in AUD for duration of their period in Australia
  • Payment of staff to be made fortnightly
  • Minimum language requirements on OH&S grounds
  • Schooling costs of dependants borne by employer
  • Return airfare costs for employee & dependants borne by employer
  • Adjustment of 457 salaries to be made when Gazette Notice issued
  • Possibility of labour market testing for lower skill threshold positions
other issues to consider
Other issues to consider
  • Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006
  • Pressures to support applications for permanent residence
  • Ensure employment contracts are clear and cover relevant immigration issues
  • Appropriate use of short term business entry
  • Changes to Graduate Skilled Migration category
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