‘Sponsorship Visa’ Abolished by AU PM

This just in; The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has abolished the 457 work visa; which is commonly used to sponsor skilled workers from overseas. The visa saw 45,000 people sponsored to work in Australia in the past year alone.The PM wants to push for an “Australians first” regime, in which Australians will be prioritised over foreign workers, when getting jobs.Turnbull said “we are putting jobs first, we are putting Australians first. We are an immigration nation but the fact remains that Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs.“We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”No need to worry though, although the Temporary Skilled Migrant visa will be gone, a new scheme will take its place. The new scheme will specifically acquire “the best and the brightest” foreign workers and will include tougher English language tests.The 457 visa isn’t the only change for migrants wanting to stay in Oz. Turnbull also announced a stricter system for people getting citizenship.The new system will mean people will have to be permanent residents for at least four years before applying for citizenship, as opposed to the previous rule of one year.Turnbull said the new tests will include extensive English tests, more in depth tests about Australian values and also require applicants to “show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community.”The changes follow feedback over the past two years for tougher migrant intake into Australia.For more information on these changes, or any other questions regarding visas and work – please contact your local Job Search consultant. Contact details can be found here.By Charlie Driver