The government of Australia have announced new crackdowns on those entering the country on 457 visas. The move follows recent announcements on tougher sanctions for those trying to enter the country by boat as asylum seekers and is part of an on-going push to control the flow of foreign workers and migrants entering the country. Under the new rules foreign workers entering the country on a 457 visa will now be allowed to stay in the Australia for 60 days after their employment ends. Previously they were allowed to stay for a total of 90 days. The change, which is to be implemented immediately would limit visa holders ability to search for another job, or to enter in to unregulated or informal work once their visa stay has expired. "This change is about reducing competition from overseas workers for those Australians who are actively looking for work," Mr Dutton, Australia’s Immigration Minister said. The move goes back on the arrangements put in place under the Labor government which were designed to allow foreign workers to have longer to put their family affairs in order before having to leave the country, however the current government has criticised the move saying that it was another example of Labor “selling Australian workers short”. The move comes in the wake of the Trump presidential election win, and the Brexit vote, and is a sign across the globe that immigration is a key concern and vote winner among white voters. Immigration is a key issue among Australians although there is clear balance to made between filling key skills shortages and allowing too much immigration. Currently the 457 visa allows a foreign worker to enter Australia for four years should they be sponsored by an employer who cannot fill that position from domestic workers, or those already residing in the country.
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