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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 »

'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 »

Australia Plans to Raise More Barriers to Citizenship - New York Times

DARWIN, Australia — When Nhan Do heard that Australia planned to make it more difficult to become a citizen of the country he had called home for 25 years, he was overcome with confusion. “I have to ask, Why do they keep making it harder?” said Mr. Do ...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 »

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 »

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 »

Malcolm Turnbull bends to populist onslaught over 457 visas - The Sydney Morning Herald

The impression some will take from Malcolm Turnbull's surprise "abolition" of 457 visas, and his jingoistic "Aussies first" rhetoric justifying it, is that the nation really is under siege by marauding foreigners. Play Video. Play. Mute. 0:00. /. 0:00 ...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 »

Citizenship changes revealed: Fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values - The Australian

Prospective Australian citizens will need to have fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values, and a demonstrated capacity to integrate as part of an overhaul of the citizenship test announced by the Turnbull government this morning ...and more »