The Australian government has made certain changes to its visa rules for overseas workers which doesn’t translate into good news for Indians. According to a report in The Times of India, the subclass 457 visa category – considered to be the most popular route to get to Australia – has been abolished by the government. In place of the 457 visa category, a new Temporary Skill Shortage visa was introduced on March 18. A lot of Indians used the 457 visa to get jobs in the country and later move on to permanent residency. The new rules are stricter and make it difficult for immigrants to land jobs as they are focused on giving local residents the preference. It’s also bad news for Indians who are keen on a permanent residency in Australia under the new rules. Here are five reasons why it’s bad news for Indians:
* Those looking for a job after studying from Australian universities will now need minimum two years of work experience.
* For companies looking to hire overseas workers, it will cost more as the new rules suggest that sponsoring firms have to contribute to a skilling fund.
* The 457 visa category was most popular with Indians. There were about 90,000 such visa holders in Australia and Indians accounted for close to 22%.
*Although these final rules haven’t been officially announced, they are aimed at ensuring local residents are given preference for job vacancies.
*It was reported that the new rules have been in works for several months now.An updated list of rules for skilled visas for issued in January and another list is expected soon.
As for the 457 visa, it had a maximum duration of four years. The new TSS visa, on the other hand, will be valid for maximum of two years.