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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 »

Australia to raise standard of English language for citizenship, as migrants face tougher tests - Irish Independent

Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration, such as a job. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new citizenship test would reflect Australian values ...and more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

Government to lengthen permanent residency period for aspiring citizens - The Conversation AU

Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. University of ...and more »

Australian government axes 457 work visa: experts react - The Conversation AU

With the 457 visa scrapped, the new visa work program will have tightened work experience and English language requirements. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters. Australian government axes 457 work visa: experts react. April 18, 2017 3.28am EDT • Updated April 18 ...and more »

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull forges 'values' into political weaponry - The Conversation AU

Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. University of ...and more »

Explainer: the proposed changes to Australian citizenship - The Conversation AU

A cohesive multicultural society such as Australia requires a core level of integration among its members. AAP/Lukas Coch. Explainer: the proposed changes to Australian citizenship. April 19, 2017 10.57pm EDT. Alex Reilly. Author. Alex Reilly. Alex ...and more »