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Australia to scrap 457 visa programme popular with Irish - Irish Times

Australia is to scrap its skilled 457 visa programme which has allowed tens of thousands of Irish workers to immigrate to the country in recent years. Making the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was “putting ...and more »

'They're not flipping burgers': Universities cry foul over axing of 457 visas - The Sydney Morning Herald

It's the key question for universities grappling with the Turnbull government's abolition of 457 visas: can they still bring in the big brains they often need from overseas? As part of the changes ushered in by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on ...and more »

Universities dismayed by 457 visa threat to senior academic staff - The Australian

Vice-chancellors of the nation's leading universities say the government crackdown on 457 visas and its removal of more than 200 jobs from its skilled occupation list — including life scientists, civil engineers, historians, microbiologists and ...and more »

Government's 457 visa reforms threaten research, innovation - The Australian

Australia is home to some of the world's leading universities and researchers. It's partly because we have welcomed researchers from all over the world to pursue their careers with us, whether in the life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences ...and more »

What will visa changes in US, Australia and New Zealand mean for Irish emigrants? - Irish Times

In the past two days, Australia, the US and New Zealand - three of the most popular destinations for Irish emigrants - have all announced plans to restrict their skilled visa programmes for foreign workers. Why are they tightening their immigration ...and more »

Australian Rules Would Make So-Called 457 Visa Harder for Migrants - New York Times

SYDNEY, Australia — Saying he was “putting Australians first,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans on Tuesday to replace a special visa category that allows some temporary foreign workers to enter Australia. The rules would make it harder ...and more »

Government abolishing 457 visas, Malcolm Turnbull says - ABC Online

The Federal Government will abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Key points: The move is about "jobs for Australians," the PM says; Number of occupations eligible for two-year visa will be ...and more »

457 visa ban first step in immigration crackdown - The Australian Financial Review

The Turnbull government's major crackdown on the use of foreign workers is part of a broader set of measures designed to tighten immigration law and improve "social cohesion", which could include issuing P-Plates to budding migrants. In a move which ...and more »

Turnbull Tightens Australian Citizenship Test in Migration Crackdown - Bloomberg

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tightened Australian citizenship rules in a further crackdown on immigration as his government seeks to boost its flagging popularity. Applicants will have to wait four years before applying for citizenship instead of ...and more »

Australia is scrapping its temporary worker visa, and Indians will lose out most - Quartz

For Indians, doors of opportunities outside India are slamming shut. The UK, Canada, and the US—the three countries that account for the majority of India's software export revenue—have upped the hurdles for Indians to gain work visas. The island ...and more »