457/482 Nomination Transfers and the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy
We are pleased to confirm we have received some fantastic news regarding how the payment of the SAF levy will affect employers facilitating a nomination transfer for a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa holder.
Going forward, all employers facilitating subclass 457/482 nomination transfers will only need to specify they are nominating the visa holder for a period of one year. Therefore, the proposed period of employment, as requested on the nomination form, does not need to be the same as the remaining validity of the subclass 457/482 visa. For example, a sponsor may nominate an existing visa holder for one year, even if the visa has more than one year validity remaining. This then means that the employer will only be required to pay the SAF levy amount for that one year period e.g. $1,200.00 for businesses with an annual turnover of over $10 million, or $1,800.00 for businesses with a turnover of under $10 million.
The Department of Home Affairs has decided to take this position because it considers that the SAF levy will have already been met by the first sponsor, and thus while the second sponsor will have to pay some
of the levy, they will not need to pay the full remaining validity period.This is fabulous news for our corporate clients looking to transfer an existing subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa holder to their business.
If you have any questions or concerns about how this may affect you, please do not hesitate to contact your representing Registered Migration Agent or submit an enquiry below and we’ll happily assist.