Australian visa 457: Indians IT workers make up almost 16% of applicants

The Federal Government has announced there will be sweeping changes to the testing for Australian citizenship.

April. 18 (ANI): With Australia set to abolish the 457 visa programme used by companies to bring in temporary foreign workers, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has assured that it is examining the consequences of the new policy in consultation with all stakeholders.

Australia has seen the rise of nationalist, anti-immigration politics with far-right wing parties such as One Nation garnering strong public support, while the popularity of Turnbull's ruling centre-right government has been languishing.

Turnbull said they're doing people a favour with this new rule because would-be Australians who wish to be successful in Australia need to be competent in English.

"Any conduct that is inconsistent with Australian values will be considered as part of this process".

"This is defending, reinforcing Australian values".

There are 95,000 workers on 457 visas at the moment - less than one per cent of the workforce. Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organizations and school enrolment for all eligible children, a government statement said. This will be determined through extra questions in the test.

Applicants will have to wait four years before applying for citizenship instead of one now, prove a higher degree of proficiency in English and pass a citizenship test to show they have "Australian values" and can integrate into society, Turnbull said Thursday.

"The fact that somebody might fudge an answer on a test or an application is no argument against us asking people if you want to become an Australian citizen, abide by our laws and our norms", Mr Dutton said.

The four-year high-level skill visa requires three years of stay to qualify holders for permanent residency. Cheaters will now automatically fail.

Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

Turnbull now feels that these tests are not enough to assess whether an applicant has understanding of and commitment to "Australian values" and responsibilities.

"A perpetrator of domestic violence, my view is that that person shouldn't shouldn't become an Australian citizen", he said.

"Criminal activity including family violence or involvement in organised crime is thoroughly inconsistent with Australian values", Mr Turnbull said.

  • Leroy Wright