The QUO - Lives In Limbo: The Impact Of The 457 Visa Changes
“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?” Joanna investigates the human impact of the recent changes to the 457 visa.
Lives In Limbo: The Impact Of The 457 Visa Changes


Lives In Limbo: The Impact Of The 457 Visa Changes

14 July 2017
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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.

There will be a further announcement regarding changes to the 457 visa on July 1st, 2017. Read Greg Villain's open letter to Malcolm Turnbull.

Joanna Cabot

About Joanna Cabot

Joanna Cabot is a video journalist for The QUO, and a radio reporter at SBS French and 2SER. Before entering into the world of journalism, Joanna was working in the fashion industry in Paris. After travelling for two years, she felt that sharing people's untold stories was her passion and studied...

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