Australia abolishes 457 visa programme used largely by Indians

Posted on:18 Apr 2017 15:09:56
Australia abolishes 457 visa programme used largely by Indians
18 April 2017 Current Affairs:

Australia on Tuesday abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme will be replaced by another visa programme, with new restrictions.The programme, known as 457 visa, allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains: Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs, so we are abolishing the 457 visa, the visa that brings temporary foreign workers into our country,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.The majority of the visa holders were from India, followed by the United Kingdom and China.“We will no longer allow 457 visa to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians,” he said. Australia would adopt a new ‘Australians first’ approach to skilled migration.As at September 30, there were 95,757 workers in Australia on primary 457 visa programme, ABC reported.“It is important businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest, so the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa, specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest,” Mr. Turnbull said.Mr. Turnbull said the new programme will ensure that foreign workers are brought into Australia in order to fill critical skill gaps and not brought in because an employer finds it easier to recruit a foreign worker than go to the trouble of hiring an Australian.Mr. Turnbull’s announcement comes days after he visited India where a range of issues, including national security, counter terrorism, education and energy, were discussed and six agreements were signed.

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