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School fees for 457 visa holders put on hold

Western Australia has held off on implementing school fees for 457 visa holders.

Plans to increase school fees for children whose parents hold 457 visas in Western Australia (WA) have been delayed.

It was announced in August by state treasurer Troy Buswell that fees would be introduced for children attending state schools whose parents had moved to the country on a 457 visa. Yet state premier Colin Barrett has since said that these will not be implemented until 2015.

Mr Barrett said that the fees would be delayed for the sake of families who have had their 457 visas approved but who have not had time to save up for schooling.

The 457 visa is open to people looking to move to Australia who have a specific set of skills that are in short supply within the country and that a company is actively seeking. As well as granting residence to a worker, the visa holder is able to bring their family with them when moving to Australia.

Posted by Ravin Chatlani

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