Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for 457 visas have been criticised. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Corporate opposition to 457 visa axing

Parts of corporate Australia have attacked the federal government's axing of 457 immigration work visas, claiming it is a politically driven move and unfairly targets less than 1 per cent of the workforce.


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From enquiries I have had, the most asked question is, if today I am on a 457 visa and my job is cut from the occupations list - what avenues will there be to convert to a permanent resident in the future?

West Perth
I always found it interesting that nurses (among oter occupations) were subject to 457s, when my sister, being a nursing graduate, could not get a job. No experience...but then how could she get any when the system is effectively closed because hospitals and care homes advertise for 4+ years experience. Of course, overseas nurses are required under this system, because there are so few nurses locally who meet the employment criteria...

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