“Why did I want to be here for two years, to pay taxes, to work, to put all my effort here? We’re bringing kids, we’re living our life, and then we need to leave. To go where? And start what?”
On 19 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that the 457 visa will be changed in March 2018 to Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS).
216 jobs have been slashed from the eligible occupations list, and there are two new lists that have been immediately implemented.
Currently, there are around 96,000 people who are on the 457 visa, including family members.
These sudden changes mean that the lives of people on a Bridging visa and currently on the 457 visa are hanging by a thread. The situation is so complicated that even the Australian Government seems unclear about what these changes may mean.
These are some of the stories of the people affected.