Australian 457 visas proving popular
The number of 457 visas being granted has reached a peak since 2008. The 457 temporary visa allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to fill nominated positions. It remains the most popular business sponsorship pathway for overseas workers.
The mining and construction sectors are providing the largest segment of applications at around 20%, much of this due to the boom in these sectors in Western Australia – mining and construction jobs in WA have seen double the number of visa applicants recently.
Both industries have also doubled in Queensland, and with more contracts in the pipelines industry, these numbers are expected to increase.