2018 will transform lives of many overseas immigrants as Australia 457 visa changes will become effective from March this year. More than 200 occupations will be eliminated from the list of qualifying occupations.
Martin Ward immigrated to Australia in 2012 as a Floor Finisher. It also helped in the arrival of his wife to the nation. In 2014 the son of Ward Jamie immigrated to Australia in 2014 accompanied by his wife Belinda. The couple was also accompanied by their 2 kids. However, this will not be the possibility for other workers in similar occupations to migrate to Australia from 2018. The reason: several such occupations will be eliminated from the list of skilled occupations.
Ward’s visa will expire in February. It is also cumbersome for him to apply for a PR owing to his age of 59 years. He has to either quit Australia or give up his job. He says that his wife is totally upset over the idea of having to return to the UK. They have 3 grandchildren in Australia, as quoted by the Guardian.
It is ridiculous to be asked to go back after 5 years of residence, said Martin. We are a very close-knit family and separation will make our lives miserable, he added. The Wards couple has applied for a Contributory Parent Visa. But their immigration agent has informed them that the processing could take well up to 5 years.
The Ward couple has another option of staying back in Australia but without being employed. This forced retirement will also cause issues for the job of his son Jamie. Martin currently works in the business of floor-fitting for high-end buildings. They have nothing in the UK to look forward to. No jobs, no home, no furniture and they are one among several immigrants whose lives will transform owing to Australia 457 visa changes.
Lisa Ward said that their family is unable to comprehend as to why the occupation of floor finishers was eliminated from the list.
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