Britons to be hit by 'Australia first' working visa clampdown

Employers who fail to meet requirements - including advertising jobs over six months - will be named and shamed.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday abolished a temporary work visa popular with foreigners, replacing it with a new program.

Kolkata: The recent abolition of the 457 visa for skilled migrants by Australia has evoked mixed response from Kolkatans working or aiming to work Down Under.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the new two-year visa would not allow permanent residency but holders can apply for one onshore renewal.

Baglay referred to fact that the India had agreed with the French government last year to allow Indian students holding postgraduate degree and above to extend their stay in France for two years.

The government has been busy with "boats and all the rest of it" but now the time has come to tighten the system.

The visa class - along with the 417 backbacker visa - is heavily relied upon by some businesses in the Murraylands' food processing industry.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the government is rationalising the process to make sure Australians have jobs while understanding the requirements of industry. Around 96,000 people held the visas in Australia at the end of September, down almost 8% from a year earlier, according to the latest official data.

More money ought to be invested into training Australia into a skilled work force according to Susan Temepleman.

Turnbull's plan will replace 457 visas initially by a new temporary two-year visa specifically created to recruit the "best and the brightest" in the national interest.

A list of 650 occupations that now qualify for a temporary visa will be cut by 200 and applicants must have previous work experience.

WOULD-BE Australians will face tough new hurdles - including a new English language and "Australian values" test - and have to wait several more years before being eligible for citizenship, under a major shake-up of the migration program. The change will not affect the 95,000 people who now hold a 457 visa. "We're putting jobs first, and we're putting Australians first".

"It seems like a lot of change, but it's more of a cosmetic [rebranding] than anything else", said Henry Sherell, a research officer at the Development Policy Center of the Australian National University. It would also give business the confidence to continue to access skills from overseas workers. The decision has been broadly welcomed by employers but dismissed as "tinkering at the edges" by trade unions who have been strongly opposed to the 457 visa.

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