Turnbull government to exclude 457 visa applicants excluded from new restrictions

The Turnbull government has walked back its hard-line position on 457 visas, announcing visa applications in the pipeline will not to be subject to new restrictions on permanent residency set to come into effect in March. But migration agents are treating the announcement with caution and advising parties to lodge permanent residency applications as soon…

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457 visa delays hurting small businesses

The 457 visas won’t be abolished until March but Simon Christie’s business is already feeling the pinch from the federal government’s changes to the visa system. Christie owns video production company Adventure Set Production and has spent the past two years trying to hire two Chinese staff on 457 visas to try and target the China market…..

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Subclass 457 visa applicants taking longer to process

What is the change? Processing times for subclass 457 visa applications are taking longer than normal to process in the final months before the category is abolished and replaced. What does the change mean? According to the most recent Government updates, as of 30 September, 75 per cent of Subclass 457 visa applications are being processed within…

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Stop worrying about automation: the real problem might be too few workers

Ignore the employment doomsayers — chances are we’re going to run out of workers before automation causes mass unemployment. While neoliberalism is — correctly — the villain du jour, one of its unalloyed successes has been in getting people into jobs. Unemployment has not been above 6.5% since 2002; it was above 6.5% for nearly…

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Temporary 457 visa program still broken

The Turnbull government’s overhaul of the 457 visa system needs some serious tweaks if Australia is going to attract the best and brightest to these shores says a submission from innovation industry groups. Back in April the Turnbull government announced it was ditching the 457 visa system and creating a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa….

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Australians…where are you?

Push to make it easier for migrants to come to Australia and take hard-to-fill jobs in regional areas SOUTH Australia should be the test site for a radical plan to boost the population in country towns and small cities with foreigners who want the jobs that locals refuse, a leading think-tank has proposed. The new…

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457 changes to impact Australia tourism industry

Top chefs, including Neil Perry, say the 457 visa axing will cripple a key part of Australia’s tourism industry A key plank in Australia’s tourism marketing strategy is being put at risk because of changes to the 457 visa program and the country’s top chefs say they’re “freaked out” as a result. Tourism Australia has invested tens…

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CEOs, university lecturers among those now able to apply for skilled worker visa

A refined list of occupations eligible to apply for a skilled worker visa comes into effect today, after the Federal Government made a number of concessions. The changes will see people with some occupations such as chief executives or university lecturers now able to apply for a four-year temporary visa instead of a two-year visa….

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CSL confident of rethink for ‘devastating’ 457 changes

Blood products giant CSL is confident the federal government will modify changes to 457 visas for foreign workers that in their current form would be “devastating” for the company and other biotech firms, a senior executive said. A CSL vice-president, Andrea Douglas, said the sweeping reduction in the types of 457 visas showed how the Turnbull government’s…

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