AUSTRALIA’S expats will soon be forced to get work visas, as the Government moves to clamp down on the visa-free regime for overseas Australians.
Key points:Prime Minister says he will push to make Australia the first country to make work visas mandatory for overseas expatsWhat the Government is looking to do is put a cap on the number of visas issuedThe changes come as it moves to make overseas work visas compulsory for expats.
“This Government will move to introduce a cap of 25,000 visas issued to foreign workers per annum,” Mr Turnbull said.
“That will be followed by a cap for visas for Australian workers, which will be based on the numbers of Australians who are working overseas.”
The Government wants to see an annual cap of 50,000 for expatriate workers.
“We’re going to look at making this a one-off cap,” Mr Abbott said.
What the visa cap meansThe Government says it will introduce a visa cap of 75,000 a year to protect Australian expats from being caught out by a shortage of visas.
It will also put a 25 per cent cap on visa applications for overseas workers.
What does this mean?
Expat expats have long been eligible to apply for a work visa under the visa scheme, but Mr Abbott has argued the Government’s changes would be fairer and more effective.
Under the scheme, an expat is entitled to apply to work and the visa will be issued if the employer agrees to pay a work permit fee.
However, the visa is only valid for a maximum of five years.
“Australia is a multicultural nation.
It’s a global country,” Mr Trudeau said.
But expats can only get a work permission visa for five years if they have at least a bachelor’s degree and work experience in the UK, Australia or a country where there is no restrictions on the type of work they do.
Under Mr Trudeau’s proposed changes, Australians would only be able to apply if they had lived in the country for at least five years and had worked at least six months per year for a minimum of 10 years.
The Government’s proposed reforms will also allow expats to apply online for their work permits under the scheme.
It is expected to cost about $50 a year for expat workers, according to the Australian Taxation Office.
“The Government is committed to protecting Australian expat jobs, particularly for those working overseas, but this new system will make it easier for exporters to come to Australia,” Mr Morrison said.
In a statement, the Government said it would look to implement reforms to the visa system to protect expats, including introducing an annual visa cap, but also a “zero-tolerance” regime for those who break the rules.
“If you break the visa rules, you risk being refused a visa for any reason, and could be deported, or even imprisoned for up to two years,” it said.”[It is] vital that expats feel safe and secure in their job, and that employers follow the laws that are in place.”