Universities and business lobby groups in Australia are not convinced by the assurances of the Turnbull government that in spite of the abolition of 457 visas, it will still be possible to recruit the brightest and best overseas skilled workers.
In the middle of hostile attacks from certain sectors that are dependent on immigrants with high skills, officials of the Immigration Department in Australia are encouraging illustrious talent permits and are ready to offer liberal labor contracts for firms affected by the visa abolition.
On the other hand, industries such as Education, Engineering, Medical research, IT, and Finance apprehend that the new visas will become stumbling blocks in appealing to immigrants in the highly competitive international labor market.
Mike Pezzullo the Secretary of Department of Immigration and Border Protection has said that if there is a specific requirement from a firm, it will be catered through the labor agreements as they are more appropriate in these cases.
Australia needs researchers, eminent scientists, and distinguished talents and they will always be welcomed to the nation either through the illustrious talent permits or labor agreements, added Mike Pezzullo.
Kim Carr the frontbencher of the Labor Party, on the other hand, gave an example of the firm CSL that the changes to visas are disturbing. Jenny Lambert the Director of Employment, Education, and Training for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry cautioned that assurances from Mr. Pezzullo would prove to be futile if the excesses of the bureaucracy were not eased for the labor agreements.
Small scale and niche businesses that would need a handful of overseas skilled workers will find the labor agreements to be particularly burdensome, elaborated Ms. Lambert, as quoted by AFR.
Chief Executive of Universities Australia Belinda Robinson has said that though the education sector had received assurances from the Government regarding hurdles for hiring overseas academics, time was too short to resolve pressing issues. Currently, only the 457 visas are in a position to come to the rescue of the universities to appeal to highly skilled overseas talents, added Ms. Robinson.
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