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Calls to Replace Skilled 457 Visas

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made submissions calling for the Skilled 457 visa program to be replaced with a new, less politicised visa for foreign workers.

Companies and governments in the region have raised concerns with DFAT that the labour costs and language requirements for temporary overseas workers are too high, and DFAT has taken these concerns to Parliament.

The concerns raised include complaints from Chinese investors that the English language requirements are discouraging investment, calls from Japanese businesses to reduce environmental, labour and immigration restrictions, and representations from Indian investors over the onerous nature of the regulatory approvals process.

The changes currently being considered by Parliament highlight the importance of using a skilled and experienced migration lawyer, because migration law is constantly changing. Whether you’re interested in coming to Australia for travel, work or study, our migration lawyers can help. Contact us today at to discuss your visa eligibility and options.

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