Australia – New laws to name and shame sponsors that don’t meet visa obligations.
As pre-empted earlier this year, legislation has now been introduced into Parliament that will mean that business who fail to meet their sponsorship obligations will be named under proposed new laws.
The names of business will be available to the public together with details of the breaches and any penalties issued. The same Bill will also give power to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to collect and use tax file numbers for those people on temporary visas such as student visas and 457 visas.
Further information on the Bill was announced on SBS news at http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/16/bad-skilled-visa-sponsors-be-named-and-shamed-under-proposed-new-laws
How can sponsors mitigate risk ?
Copy of Obligations attached - For every 457, 403 (International Relations), 407 (Training) and 408 (Temporary Activity) visa applied for there are relevant obligations. For ease of reference and to act as a reminder we are attaching a copy of these obligations to this notice. We suggest that you keep these obligations on file for easy access and to act as a reminder each time you sponsor a relevant visa holder to Australia.
Ask us – if in doubt please ask
We would be only too happy to talk you through the obligations and clarify any questions rather than have a client who is named and shamed on public record. We are only too happy to visit with you as well and talk you and your HR team through the obligations in person.