Australia to raise English language standard for citizenship

Australia to raise English language standard for citizenship

The discontinuation of the 457 visa will likely have an outsized impact on Indian visa holders, who account for a quarter of the intake, according to ABC News.

Turnbull used Facebook to announce the policy, which he said would "put jobs first" and "Australians first", signalling a reduction in the occupations available to skilled foreign workers and raising the threshold to qualify.

"It's about making sure that we can train up Australian workers for Australian jobs", he said of the so-called foreign worker tax.

"The government will deny their tough talk on immigration and plan to ban 457 visas is because of One Nation but we all know the truth!" she tweeted.

The 457 visa was being used by foreigners who met the now-defunct Skilled Occupations List (SOL) to work and live in Australia, with an option for full Residency at the end.

The Turnbull government is tightening requirements for Australian citizenship, with applicants to face a stand-alone English test and asked to commit to embracing "Australian values".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Mr Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will address the media in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon.

Employers who hire foreign workers will have to contribute to a new training fund to support apprenticeships and traineeships.

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In the video, Stephens told Mr Godwin the name of his girlfriend and said: "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you". The woman Stephens spoke of, Joy Lane, said in a text message to CBS that "we had been in a relationship for several years".

Pauline Hanson, leader of the One Nation party, said Turnbull was "finally acting on the suggestions I made to him about the citizenship test".

The Visas were introduced in 1996 as a way to import skilled labour from overseas to combat temporary shortages.

"We are absolutely committed to the principle of kiwis first", he said, using an informal term for New Zealanders.

There's now no limit on how many times someone can fail the test, but a new limit of three fails will also be introduced.

"This is tinkering at the edges and it's unlikely there will be any real change", he said.

'This is also a matter we will be looking at in the context of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) negotiations, ' Mr Baglay said.

"Now that the Government has taken this decision, it is crucial that they work with employers to get the details right and ensure industry's ability to fill genuine skills shortages is enhanced, not degraded". Among other steps, the action will bring a review of the US work visa program.

The wideranging shake-up to the citizenship test which will also include strict new English language requirements.

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