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Nobody can stop the music ... except Border Force. Recently strengthened laws to stop employers rorting 457 visas by asking overseas workers to pay for sponsorship has had the unexpected consequence of an added workload for music promoters trying to get international acts into Australia. The rules, brought into effect on Monday, are designed to make it an offence for Australian employers making potential employees pay to be sponsored for the chance to get to Australia, or to offer the chance of permanent residency with a 457 visa. The change has taken the music industry by surprise, though, with promoters told that all visa applicants under the 420 visa -- the one most used by touring musicians -- must physically sign a declaration form and get it to Border Force to go with their application. Ms Tips understands that the changes have completely overwhelmed the workload of promoters at such a busy time, with many musos coming to Australia for the summer festival season. Know more? Drop us a line; you can remain anonymous if you wish.