Decision of Removing Vast Number of Occupations from Australian Occupation Lists is raising Concerns

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on May 2, 2017


Occupation List of Australia

Australian government immigration has been in news throughout the month of April in view of their unanticipated actions and announcements. One among such announcement was abolition of Subclass 457 visa program for temporary foreign professionals. The abolished 457 visa program has been replaced by two new temporary visa streams.

The other key decision that government took was removing over 200 occupations from its popular skilled occupation list. This list allows the overseas skilled professionals to nominate an occupation (as the occupations in the list are considered as high demand occupations in Australia) and apply for the visa in Australia.

Introduction of TSS and Removal of Occupations

The Australian government under the Prime Ministership of Malcolm Turnbull took two major steps together. Firstly, replacing the 457 visa, with new Temporary Skilled Visas (TSS) program and secondly, slashing down 2016 occupation from the occupation list containing a total of 651 occupations. Now the total occupations remaining the list are 435 only.

Under the new TSS program, two new temporary visa categories have been introduced for 2 years and 4 years. The new Temporary Skilled Visas (TSS) will take effect from March 2018. However, among all the buzz and chaos of key immigration changes, issues and concerns are being raised by several employers and intellectuals over the removal of hundreds of occupations from the popular occupations lists of Oz.

Also Read- An Overview of the Short Term & Medium Term Visa streams of Australia

The process of replacing the existing 457 visa program is in process. Now with the cut down of 216 occupations from the skills list, about 167 occupations will be eligible for the 4-year temporary visa, whereas, 268 occupations will be there for the 2-year temporary visa of Australia. As per the government changes to the immigration and visa categories have been made in order to make opportunities available for Australian employees.

Concerns being raised over Removal of Several occupations

The concerns are being raised from several parts of the Australian corporate world and society with regards to the removal of bulk of occupations from the key occupation lists, as the occupations, i.e. historian, Engineering, Singer, IT, etc. are highly in demand and requisite supply of the highly skilled and talented people from Australia is in question.

The employers in Australia though welcomed the key visa and immigration associated changes; however, at the same time, most of them consider that the decision of 457 visa scrap is taken under political pressure and not based on the actual situation. As per few intellectuals and eminent personalities, the main issue with the 457 visa program was the perception of the general public about the same and not with its operation.

The 457 visa program was a greatly valued visa program, however, misconceptions about its use and exaggeration with regards to the same resulted in it becoming the target of the critics of migration said Innes Willox- the chief executive of Australian Industry Group.

As per the chief executive of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jenny Lambert, Skilled Migration enhances the economy and improve the opportunities for the people of Australia by the way of training the Australian workforce. Moreover, it provides business with short-term reach to the skills. Hence, any visa reform respecting the public opinion must be done keeping in mind the growth and productivity objectives of the different regions as well.

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Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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Now Citizenship Test Becomes Tougher in Australia

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on April 24, 2017


Citizenship Test in Australia

A few days after announcing the ban on popular 457 visa program, Australian government has now announced to make the Citizenship test tougher for the applicants in order to ensure that the people who get the citizenship are truly committed and well informed about Australia. Last week only, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced sweeping changes to Australian 457 visa program that allows foreign skilled workers to get four years work visa in Australia.

Key Changes to Australian Citizenship Test

As per the new changes in the Australian Citizenship Test requirement, the four year residence requirement is introduced, out of maximum one year can be outside Australia. Earlier the applicants needed four years of temporary residence requirement out of which one year prior to submitting application must be a permanent resident.

English Language Proficiency

The English language proficiency has also become stricter than what it was earlier. Moreover, the applicant of Australian citizenship must also be adjudged based on the fact as to how committed they are to ‘Australian Values’. The English test is likely to concentrate on the questions with regards to domestic violence, female genital mutilation, respect for women and children, and child marriage, etc.

Attempts Restricted for Citizenship

Number of attempts for Citizenship has also been restricted by the government to just three. Earlier there was no limit as to how many types you can fail and reapply for the citizenship test. However, now this has been limited to three attempts only. Moreover, the candidates found cheating during the citizenship test will automatically be considered as failed in the test.

As per Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Citizenship will only be granted to those people who are committed to Australian Values, respect the laws of Australia and want to integrate in the community to contribute significantly in making better Australia. Turnbull emphasized on the need of proficiency in the English language for the better economic participation, and faster integration of the applicants in Australian community and society. Speaking about the new Citizenship test reforms, Prime Minister Turnbull said, “Citizenship is at the heart of our national identity. It is the foundation of our democracy. We must ensure that our citizenship program is conducted in our national interest,”

“Any conduct that is inconsistent with Australian values will be considered as part of this process. Criminal activity, including family violence or involvement in organized crime, is thoroughly inconsistent with Australian values”, he further added.

Also Read- Australia put an end to 457 Visa Program for Temporary Foreign Workers- 2 new programs will replace 457

A few days back, the Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also announced to scrap the popular 457 visa program for temporary foreign workers. The 457 visa program will soon be replaced with two new temporary work visa streams for 2 years and 4 years respectively. The new visa streams replacing 457 Visa will have new requirements and procedure for applicants.

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Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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Which are the best Temporary Work Visa to move to Australia from India?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on December 2, 2016


Temporary Work Visa Subclass 457

Want to immigrate to Australia from India on a temporary work visa?

Well, you have a few given pathways to live and work in Australia temporarily; however, you need to choose the one that suits you the best as Skilled Migrant. The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) has designed different visa categories for the skilled migrants, based on their purpose of immigration, duration of stay, etc., so that they can choose the visa as per their visit type and preference.

If you are a skilled migration aspirant in India, here are the key Temporary work visas that you can apply to live and work in Australia on a temporary basis:

Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Subclass 457

This is one of the most popular visas among the Indian immigrants looking to work in Australia on a temporary basis. It allows the selected applicants to live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. However, to apply for Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Subclass 457, you first need to acquire job offer from an approved employer in Australia.

This visa has been in controversies off late, as it is believed that employers in Australia misuse this visa by asking payment for the sponsorship of this visa. The reports are also received about employees under this visa category are being exploited by the employers in Australia. However, despite all this, Subclass 457 Visa is still the most popular work visa in India and rest of the world. Every year thousands of immigrants move to Australia on this visa and get employed in the relevant occupations.

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489

This is also a temporary visa that allows you to live and work in Australia for up to four years. However, to apply for this visa, you need to first obtain the nomination from a state, territory or an eligible family member residing in a regional area of Australia.

If you are interested in applying for any of the above two work visas, you can get in touch with a reliable immigration consultant to know the complete process and proceed further.

Which visa option is better to choose?

Both the above visa categories have their own advantages and limitations as well. For instance, while subclass 457 Visa makes your integration easy in Australia with job in hand, on the other end, Subclass 489 visa saves you from the hassles of finding an employment offer and sponsorship from an Australian employer.

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