Utilizing 457 visas for self sponsorship

21 November 2015
The use of the 457 program to self sponsor has effectively been closed by the addition in the 21 November 2015 stack update of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection policy –
The intent of the 457 program is to enable Australian businesses to temporarily fill short term skill shortages with overseas workers when they cannot find a suitably qualified or experienced Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position. The program is not intended to be used for non-citizens to establish a business in Australia and self-sponsor themselves; there are other visa pathways available for such purposes.