Following US lead, Australia and New Zealand restrict visas for skilled foreigners - Christian Science Monitor

Their move echoes the United States' 'America First' policy, but critics have decried the move as mostly political posturing. Monitor's Best: Top 5. WIPP seals off nuclear waste for 10,000 years. Should it be a model for storage? Trump voters discontented?

How long until the permanent migrant intake is cut? - MacroBusiness (blog)

The announcement on Tuesday that the Turnbull Government would reform Australia's “skilled” temporary visa system, by abolishing 457 visas in favour of a new stricter visa system, has signaled that the unholy political consensus backing mass ...

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 ...

Australia first' foreign visa changes spark cheers, fears - Gulf Today

SYDNEY: Australia's controversial decision to scrap a visa programme for temporary foreign workers got a mixed response on Wednesday, with critics slamming it as spin over substance and pandering to anti-immigration rhetoric. The "457 visa" allows ...

'Speak English, respect our values': Malcolm Turnbull's next citizenship crackdown - The Sydney Morning Herald

Would-be Australians will face tough new hurdles – including a new English language and "Australian values" test – and have to wait several more years before being eligible for citizenship, under a major shake-up of the migration program. Migrants ...