The 457 visa is a temporary work visa that allows Australian employers to hire overseas skilled workers to fill vacant positions. The 457 visa is popular as it provides the opportunity for overseas workers to become permanent residents after holding the visa for a certain period of time and fulfilling specific criteria.
In order to apply for a subclass 457 visa, an individual must prove that they have purchased adequate health insurance for both themselves as well as any family members that are accompanying them to Australia. In order to maintain compliance, this health insurance must be maintained for the duration of the visa.
If an applicant comes from a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, this requirement has been met once the individual has a reciprocal Medicare card. A number of countries have a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia including the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Norway, New Zealand, Malta, Italy, Finland and Belgium. An individual can only apply for Reciprocal Medicare once in Australia and it covers medically necessary treatment only therefore it is recommended that health cover is maintained for the duration of the visa.