Harinder Sidhu, the Australian High Commissioner to India has said that the elimination of provisional Subclass 457 visas for the skilled workers will not affect the Indian professionals. This visa has now been replaced by with two new visas that have more stringent eligibility requirements, quotes The Hindu.
The Australian High Commissioner to India also said that though there are apprehensions regarding the scrapping of these visas in India, this will not have any effect on the Indians.
Ms. Sidhu was speaking on the occasion of the Indian Women Press Corps and elaborated that most of the skilled workers from India arriving in Australia are from the IT sector. Australia has the scarcity of skilled IT professionals and hence are unlikely to be affected by the elimination of visas, added the Australian High Commissioner to India.
In April 2017 the Subclass 457 visas were eliminated by Australia and replaced with new set of to skilled visas that outlined tougher eligibility requirements. India availed a majority of these visas and had caused substantial anxiety.
In fact, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had apprised the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull regarding the concerns of India on the visa issue.
Ms. Sidhu said that the decision to scrap the 457 visas was owing to domestic compulsions and most likely Indians will continue avail the new categories of visas as well.
The Australian High Commissioner to India also elaborated by saying that there are several possibilities for the Indians to arrive in Australia apart from the categories for professionals.
An agreement for logistics support with India has also been proposed by Australia and it has asked for being made an observer at the naval exercises in Malabar that will comprise of India, Japan, and the US.
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