Australia To Tighten Rules On Foreign Workers

Australia follows America in tightening its rules for foreign workers, targeting only for the highly skilled workers. The step will impact many Indian workers.

Washington (DC): Australia will follow America in dealing with its foreign workers by abolishing its present temporary visa program and replacing it with a new program that requires better English language proficiency, previous work experience, and labor market testing.

The country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday the changes he intended to make to immigration program by abolishing 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into the country.

The new visa will better target genuine skill shortages, Turnbull said in a video posted on Facebook.

Experts say that the lack of jobs among Australians and the growing nationalism, as seen in the UK and the US recently popped up against globalization and exporting of jobs, resulted in a poor approval rating for Prime Minister Turnbull, forcing him to take this step.

The change will impact Indian students and workers who want to work in the country. Australia has been a place of opportunity for Indian techies, only next to America and the UK.

“We are putting jobs first. We are putting Australians first,” Turnbull said. “We will no longer allow 457 visas to export jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

However, Turnbull said that it was important for businesses to get access to the skills they need to grow and invest. So, he said the 457 visas would be replaced by a new temporary visas, specifically designed to recruit the best and the brightest in the national interest.

“We have single focus Australian jobs and Australian values,” Turnbull said

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