April 23, 2017

Australia to replace working visas with stricter scheme

22 April 2017, 01:46 | Austin Hogan

What we are doing is making some significant changes in abolishing the program, but introducing a temporary skills shortage visa through two streams, The Australian quoted Dutton as saying.

Discussing the changes to the foreign worker visa program, Mr Turnbull said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was the nation's "chief recruiter" and the new system woudl allow Australia to get the best and brightest recruits from overseas.

"Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values", said the prime minister on Facebook.

The scheme will be replaced by two temporary visas that will impose tougher English language tests, stricter labour market testing, at least two years of work experience and a mandatory police check. During the visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Turnbull undertook a ride aboard the Delhi Metro and visited the famous Akshardham Temple in the national capital.

Australia on 18 April abolished a visa programme which is used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, in a bid to tackle growing unemployment in the country.

The programme will be replaced by another visa programme, with new restrictions.

Dr Joanna Howe says the new visa classes have some big loopholes.

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Mr Shorten slammed the plan, tweeting: 'Make no mistake, the only job Malcolm Turnbull cares about saving is his own'.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson took to Twitter on Tuesday to claim credit for Mr Turnbull's decision.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Shorten, as employment minister in a Labor government, was the gold medal victor of issuing 457 visas.

Maritime Union of Australia president Chris Cain, whose industry fears an influx of foreign oil rig and coastal shipping workers, said the crackdown "does not go far enough" because of the free trade agreement loophole. What we want is high skilled, high wage people not low skill low wage people, ' he said.

He said Australia will adopt a new "Australians first" approach to skilled migration.

"We're always going to welcome people with good skills in areas of our economy from time to time where we need those skills, and Irish people over the years have been excellent migrants to Australia and we would continue to expect them to be welcome", he said.

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