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Explained: What is a 457 visa and how many people have them?

(c) By political reporter Uma Patel abc.net.au

Labor is pushing for more restrictions on foreign workers coming to Australia on sponsored business visas.

The 457 visa is granted to foreign workers for four years and is designed to fill positions that are difficult to find Australians for.

But Labor wants more measures to push Australians into those jobs instead of employees from overseas.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of being a hypocrite on the issue.

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"Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's SOL Skilled Occupation List"

(C) sbs.com.au Shamsher Kainth

The Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

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"Reseller liquidated after $500,000 fine for underpaying workers"

(c) Brendon Foye crn.com.au

"Darwin reseller Hallmark Computers has gone into voluntary liquidation a month after being slapped with a $516,000 fine by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for underpaying workers on the 457 skilled visa scheme."

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Australian Immigration Visas Health Insurance Information - Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457)

Australian Immigration Visas Health Insurance Information - Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457)

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sc457 workers will lose jobs if income threshold is increased

Migration Alliance

In order to allow passage of the China free-trade agreement, the Coaltion government is considering Labor’s compromise proposals, one of which requires that that the income threshold for sc457 workers is increased from the current levels.

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"Townsville’s SafetyCulture ‘desperate’ for engineers, raises $6.1m at $50m valuation to lure them"

(c) www.brw.com.au

Anear sees SafetyCulture’s headcount of 45 doubling over the next year, and says anything the new Malcolm Turnbull administration can do to streamline 457 visa processing would be welcome.

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"Unions demonise foreign labour but employ their own 457s"

Senator Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

The revelation that multiple trade unions in Australia have employed subclass 457 visa holders is an act of incredible hypocrisy and duplicity given the long-term campaign the union movement has waged against the 457 programme.

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Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection DIBP – What is immigration Assistance?

(c) Border.gov.au

Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection DIBP – What is immigration Assistance?

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“Greater scrutiny of sc457 visa applications leading to fall in the number of grants”

(c) migrationalliance.com.au

The number of 457 applications surged 15.3% in the year ending March 2015 but the number of actual grants slipped by over 4.1% according to the latest statistics released by the department of immigration.

There were 40,870 subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged in that time, an increase of 15.3 per cent from 35,440 grants in the same period in the previous year.

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“Red tape gone mad: “mistakes such as typos and spelling errors could make an application void”

(c) migrationalliance.com.au

Businesses in the Northern Territory have slammed the Federal Government for unnecessary delays and red tape which they say is affecting the ability of businesses to get the skilled foreign workers they urgently need.
In February 2014, the Federal Government announced an independent review of the 457 visa worker program and then in May relaxed the English language competency requirement for foreign workers.

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