Authorization

Australia closes border for skilled foreign workers - Turnbull

Australia closes border for skilled foreign workers - TurnbullAustralia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a visa requiring better English-language and work skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

This is reported by Reuters.

In a Facebook announcement, Turnbull said: "Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values."

Turnbull said the visa change would attract better-skilled workers and see Australians employed over cheap foreign workers brought in under the old 457 visa program.

"We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains- Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs," he said. "We'll no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians."

The 457 visa was designed to fill Australia's skills shortage and allow holders to bring members of their family to Australia on 457 secondary visa.

But the 457 visa has been mired in controversy with allegations the program was being misused by employers to import workers on the cheap, not to fill genuine skill shortage.

"We are bringing the 457 visa class to an end. It's lost its credibility," Turnbull said at a press conference in Canberra.

Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements.
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Октябрь 2018    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031