457 Temporary Business Visa

457 Visa.

Updated 2018. First Published 18th May 2009

The 457 Visa was abolished on 18 March 2018.

The Temporary Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa is the most commonly used Visa that allows overseas skilled workers to be sponsored by employers to fill positions of need in Australia, on a temporary basis, for a period of between three months and four years.

Applicants on this Visa can bring eligible secondary applicants with them, and these secondary applicants are also allowed to work and study.

It has various conditions imposed on it, and some people have confused these conditions with other temporary visa classes.


  • Step 1 – The employer must complete an application to become a sponsor.
  • Step 2 – The employer must nominate the position to be filled.
  • Step 3 – The employee must apply for a visa to be allowed to work in Australia.

Subclass 457 Visa Timeline.

  • 1 August 1996: The 457 Visa was introduced as the Subclass 457 Business Long Stay (Temporary).
  • 24 November 2012: The 457 visa was renamed Visa Subclass 457 (Temporary) Work (Skilled).
  • 18 March 2018: The 457 Visa was abolished.
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