Australia scraps visa for skilled foreign workers

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The current 4-year work visa program, 457 visa program [materials], which allows workers from overseas to live in Australia with their immediate family, will be abolished [BBC report] and will be replaced by two temporary visas that carry additional obstacles.

"We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians", he said in the online video.

The prime minister couldn't say how many more jobs would be available to Australians when the new scheme starts.

Majority of the beneficiaries under the 457 scheme are from India, which accounts for almost a quarter of the visa holders.

The view of the Dubbo business chamber on the axing of the 457 visa for foreign workers in Australia.

The Australian government is abolishing 457 visas for skilled migrants and replacing it with a tighter programme. It will comprise two streams - Short Term and Medium Term - and will be underpinned by more focused occupation lists that are responsive to genuine skill needs and regional variations across Australia. Earlier in March, the Turnbull government amended the 457 visa to remove the fast-food industry entirely from its provisions. Application fees for visas will rise, and applicants will undergo English proficiency tests and criminal background checks.

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Technically speaking, the 457 visa is a temporary one for skilled workers, but it was one of the few that offered a path to citizenship for those who continued to work in the country.

This news has come as blow to Irish people, as thousands have availed, and hoped to avail of the 457 visa in future.

Trump is expected Tuesday to sign an executive order calling for a review of the U.S. H-1B visa program for skilled workers, with the goal of reforming the program, senior administration officials said.

In place of 457 work visa, a new form of temporary work visa would be introduced, which would be a lot stricter and tougher to get approved.

The government claimed that the 457 visa was allegedly being used by companies to bring cheap workers from overseas.

Turnbull also announced the establishment of a new training fund to help Australians fill skills gaps that now exist in the country.

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