- Australia will abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, a majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country and replace it with a new programme requiring higher English-language proficiency and job skills.
- The programme known as 457 visa allows businesses to employ foreign workers for a period of up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.
- Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs, so we are abolishing the 457 visa, the visa that brings temporary foreign workers into our country.
- The majority of the visa holders under this category were from India, accounting for almost a quarter of the intake, followed by the UK and China at 19.5% and 5.8 % respectively.
- The new visa will include mandatory criminal checks and tighter English language requirements. The new “Temporary Skill Shortage Visa” programme will comprise two streams—
1. Short Term and
2. Medium Term
and will be underpinned by more focused occupation lists that are responsive to genuine skill needs and regional variations across Australia.
- Short-term visas will be issued for two years, while medium-term visas will be issued only for more critical skills shortages and for up to four years.
- Both streams will include mandatory labour market testing with limited exemptions, a new non-discriminatory workforce test; mandatory criminal history checks, a market salary rate assessment and a new two-year work experience requirement.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country will abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, a majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country?