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Australia visa curbs: Tougher English test, 2 yrs work experience required

The 457 visa category enables Australian firms to hire skilled foreigners

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Indian techies working in would not be affected by its government's move on visas granted to them under a specific category, said the industry's representative body on Wednesday.

"Our initial assessment is that the move should not have a major impact on visas granted to workers, as the 'category' covered a lot of fields and was difficult to manage," said the National Association of Software Services and (Nasscom) in a statement.

The Australian recently announced that it would abolish the and replace it with two new visas to protect the interests of native workers.

"The move seems to have been driven by domestic political compulsions where we are seeing immigration as a matter of huge political concern within the current geo-political environment," said Nasscom, adding it understood the visa category is being replaced by two new streams of short-term (2+2 year) and long-term category from March 2018.

"As the is valid till its expiry, its holders can stay and work in although under a restricted occupation list category," it said.

About 95,000 foreigners, including many Indians are in under the norm, which the wants to scrap and give their jobs to locals.

The category enables Australian firms to hire skilled foreigners for four years due to shortage of native workers with same skills.

"We see this change as evolutionary and a new policy of the Australian There will be additional requirements, including a test in English and 2 years of work experience, while salary exemptions will go," said Nasscom, adding it was however working with the Indian and Australian governments on the changes and to ensure they could be implemented without disrupting business continuity and value for Australian customers.


First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 09:13 IST