EXPAT INSIDER: Pendragon’s MD talks 457 and TSS Visa

We caught up with Pendragon’s Managing Director John Glover to discuss what is really happening about  Australian sponsored visas. Here’s what he has to say.
Can you first give us a summary of who you are and the services your business offer?
Pendragon has been in the Migration & Visa business since 1998. We are fiercely proud and protective of our reputation for integrity, honesty and trust. These attributes have brought us many respected clients from a broad range of corporate industries including: Media, Banking, Finance, Information Technology, Recruitment, Resources/Mining, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality and Retail. We represent clients ranging from overseas entities wishing to start up their Australian operations, to national and global firms.
Being based in Sydney, we have a team of specialist Migration Agents who provide both individual and business services in the core areas of:

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) – Subclass 457/Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visas.
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) – Subclass 400 visas.
  • Permanent residency applications under the Employer Nomination Scheme – Subclass 186 visas (company supported).
  • Permanent residency applications under Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 (non-company supported).
  • Partner, Parent and family based visas

We’re all extremely confused about the whole 457/TSS visa situation, in brief, is it possible to still get sponsored now or should people wait to see what happens?
Essentially, the ‘Temporary Work Skilled – Subclass 457 Visa’ (better known as simply 457 visa) will be removed and rebranded into the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS). The TSS will be similar to the 457 visa with some additional restrictions. The rebranding will take place in March 2018. Hence, you are still able to apply for the 457 visa now. After March 2018, you will need to apply under the new TSS visa category. There is two list occupation lists one is 4 year visa and possible Permanent residency options the other is a 2 year sponsorship list and no one on this list will be able to get PR. Also the age bracket for getting PR is going to reduce… you will need to be under 45.
Do you have any general advice to offer people who have arrived in Australia on working holiday visas who were hoping to secure sponsorship or people overseas looking to apply?
The first thing to do is get their cv assessed by a qualified migration agent check if they fall on either the 2 year or 4 year list then look for work. They can look themselves prior to traveling here. https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
To look for work they can connect with Australian recruitment agencies to list their profiles, and review job advertisements at the same time. The major job advertisement website in Australia, www.seek.com,  www.careerone.com.au, www.jobseeker.com.au, www.jobsearch.com.au, www.mycareer.com.au
When applying for jobs, they will simply need to state on their resume, that they are seeking 457/TSS sponsorship. The recruiters will understand the visa formalities and next steps.
Once the applicant is able to locate an employer and job offer, the employer may be in a position to sponsor them. Alternatively, Pendragon may also be able to act as a surrogate employer and provide sponsorship to eligible applicants under certain occupations as well. We would request for a copy of their resume and proposed job description to undertake an assessment.
If someone now finds they’re no longer eligible for sponsorship with a pathway to residency, what steps would you recommend they first take? (Q5 is possibly another conversation entirely)
We would initially recommend the applicant locate a reputable migration agent (such as Pendragon) to review their options. At times, we may be able to consider nominating them into an alternative occupation, or consider a different pathway to permanent residency through the company sponsorship route. We would also assess whether there are any independent pathways (non-company sponsored), which would be based on the applicant’s age, qualifications, English test scores, work experience etc.  
Finally, for employers out there who’s business had high levels of sponsored migrants such as Trades sector, can you offer any advice as to where they can get straight answers on how to build for the future? Can you give three top tips?
There is definitely a skills shortage in the trades sector in Australia. Again, it is always recommended to use a reputable agent to explain options and pathway to build their future in Australia.
Under the trades sector, many applicants actually visit Australia on the Working Holiday Visas (WHV) in the first instance. This is a common pathway for young workers who would like to experience the Australian workforce and lifestyle. Many WHV holders would then approach their companies to sponsor them towards the 457 and PR, if they are eligible and intend to remain in Australia permanently. In terms of 3 tips, we would potentially recommend:
(1)     Use a reputable migration agent. We have seen many “horror stories” where applications are completed incorrect which has affected future visa applications, and at times resulted in applications being declined. In worst case scenarios, the applicant may be banned from re-applying for an Australian visa for a number of years.  Check for themselves if they fall on the new TSS lists https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
(2)     Consider the Working Holiday Visas as a preliminary measure to enter the Australian workforce and lifestyle. Note: most visitors love the lifestyle and seek to stay!
(3)     Connect with active and reputable recruiters to list their profiles with Australian businesses.
One huge tip is not to pay anyone for finding you a job and getting the visa as one cost. Finding a job should be free the employing company pays any recruitment fees and the company should organise the  457/TSS visa then the company should pay for the visa as well.
If you would like more information on how the 457 Visa sponsorship changes could effect you or your business, please contact John and his team on the below details.
www.pendragon.net.au +61 (0) 2 9407 8700

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