Australia has a new skill shortage visa after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly announced plans to replace the former scheme in April 2017. Meanwhile, plans for a pilot “global talent” visa have also been unveiled.
The visa change, which came into effect on March 19, will see the former 457 temporary skilled worker visa replaced with the more stringent 482 temporary skill shortage visa. The change comes after complaints from trade unions that the previous visa unfairly took jobs from Australians came to a head in 2017.
“Australians, wherever possible, where vacancies are there, where job opportunities are there, Australians will be able to fill them,” Turnbull said at the time.
Under the new visa scheme, three streams are available: a short-term stream for two or four years for occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation list; medium-term for up to four years for occupations on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or the Regional Occupation List; and a Labour Agreement stream for an unspecified duration for workers whose employer has an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.
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