Posted on June 28, 2013 by SDP in Migration with Comments Disabled
Australia’s peak technology industry lobby group has called on the newly appointed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to support 457 visas and stop picking on the IT sector.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) issued its comments on Mr Rudd’s first day as PM. The lobby group represents major multinational technology companies including Google, Microsoft and IBM.
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July is soon approaching and with that we will see the reforms to the 457 visa scheme come into effect. Latest updates announced by the Government on the controversial 457 visa scheme include;
Increase of visa application charge; $900 instead of the current $455
Employers will need to make every effort to employ Australians before resorting to foreign workers
Exemption threshold is being raised to $250,000
With the election taking place this year, there has been a lot of political play onto the proposed changes to the 457 visa. Political leaders are communicating the tightening on 457 visas is to protect “Australian jobs for Australian citizens and residents”.