Australia : Australia’s government has canceled the 457 visa program. This programme is used by companies to bring in temporary foreign workers and will replace it with a tighter program.The impact of this canceled visa program on the Indian community as it is used by majority of Indians working in Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the temporary visas for foreign workers would be replaced by a new class of visa, better targeted to ensure that foreign workers were only brought in to fill genuine skills shortages.
He said the new visa would ensure that foreign workers were brought into Australia to fill critical skill gaps and not simply because it is easier to recruit a foreign worker than go for hiring an Australian.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that anybody who at present is on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements as they will continue under the conditions of that visa. The abolition of the 457 program was an attempt to clean up Labor’s mess, he said.
Sources said that there were 95,757 workers in Australia on primary 457 visas and 76,430 secondary visa holders as at September 30 last year.