After scrapping 457 visa, Aus unveils tougher citizenship laws

Updated: Australian Government to abolish 457 visa program

"This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow if skilled Australians workers are not available", Mr Littleproud said.

The 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically created to recruit "the best and brightest", with tougher english language tests and activity requirements.

As of March 2018, the 457 visa programme will be replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

For Irish graduates hoping to work in the U.S. technology industry, he advised would-be emigrants to do their homework and consult with an immigration lawyer first. But it remains unclear how people now on 457 visas will be treated once their current visas expire, when they attempt to apply for permanent residency or to extend their expired visa; whether they will be assessed under the conditions that existed when they first obtained their 457 visa, or whether they will revert to the new system.

"We've sought an urgent meeting with the federal government to try to resolve the issue and I don't think the impact [on the thoroughbred industry] was intended", Racing Australia chief executive Barry O'Farrell said.

According to the Australian government, for example, most of the Indians who migrated in 2014-15 did so under the 457 program.

"The reality is that in farming, much of the training is done on-the-job and experience is valued more highly than tertiary qualifications", Mr Mahar said.

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However this process was not preferable with negotiating labour agreements a time consuming and resource intensive process.

He said employers must demonstrate they have tested the local jobs market properly before they apply for foreign workers under his new scheme.

"If companies can find skilled, local engineers and developers, they'll hire them".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday abolished a temporary work visa popular with foreigners, replacing it with a new programme.

As of 19 April 2017, the occupations list used for skilled migration visas (including the subclass 457 visa) will be significantly reduced. "We must ensure that our citizenship program is conducted in our national interest", Mr Turnbull said.

"Further detail is needed on how the changes will affect regional communities and agricultural production, particularly regarding farm labour shortages", he said.

The higher citizenship hurdles follow Tuesday's shakeup of the visa arrangements for bringing in skilled foreign workers temporarily.

On Wednesday Turnbull told a business function: "We are making changes so that the practices and principles of those obtaining citizenship are consistent with our cultural values".

VFF president David Jochinke said "everyone is still licking their wounds over the messy negotiations around the backpacker tax past year, and no one wants to see that scenario played out for a second time".

"Industry needs to take a pragmatic approach and hold itself out to government as open to discussion over the planned changes".

The Huffington Post Australia contacted the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for clarification, but Marina Brizar, head of corporate and private client at immigration law firm Playfair Visa and Migration Services, said there was a grace period for people now on 457s to apply for permanent residency.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has been quick to ridicule the Turnbull Government's reforms to Australia's 457 visa system, labelling it a "con job". The last thing we want is capable workers being excluded from the scheme because they haven't worked in similar farm environments.

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