Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has acknowledged the need to streamline the process for applicants of the Temporary Skilled Visa subclass 457. The review has come amidst claims by businesses (in particular start-up businesses) involved in the scheme that the process is too rigid.
Some of the proposed changes include:
* Increasing the sponsorship approval period from 12 months to 18 months for start-up businesses
* More flexibility with the English-Language testing for visa applicants
* More flexibility on skill requirements for visa applicants
The review has the backing from the Migration Institute of Australia with the national president of the MIA, Angela Chan, acknowledging how tedious the current application process and hiring of a Skilled Visa applicant is. “What’s happened is that the program had bogged down in red tape and and requirements that made it very difficult for employers to sponsor skilled workers from overseas. People often don’t need to have a high level of English to perform their trades.”
Mr Abbott is hoping the proposed changes will not only benefit Australian business but also investment into Australian business.
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