Employers who have multiple international workers on their staff may benefit from recently announced changes to 457 visa nominations.
From February 14 this year, the government removed the ceiling on nominations for 457 visas. This means employers are no longer bound by the number of nominations they initially requested on their Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) applications.
This is great news for employers whose businesses have expanded and need to take on additional staff but have reached their nomination limit.
Those who submitted their SBS application before February 14 will still be required to lodge a sponsorship variation application.
Applications received after this time will still be required to contain a ceiling amount; however, this number will now be considered an estimate, rather than a limit. This means that until their SBS period expires, employers can continue to nominate and sponsor visa applicants above their forecast number.
If you are considering taking on additional 457 visa workers in your organisation, you may also want to consider some of the other requirements for their visas to be approved. In addition to sponsoring their employment, a business health insurance plan will help the individual meet their 457 health insurance obligations.
For more information on corporate health insurance, contact HICA today. HICA provides access to a wide range of compliant overseas visitors' health insurance products and services to ensure your workers receive cover suitable for their needs and situation.