Australia introduces ‘fast track service’ for Indian visa applicants

The Australian High Commission in India has announced that Indian visa applicants can now avail Priority Consideration Service (Fast Track) in India for additional fees. From 5 December 2016, Indian applicants applying for a Subclass 600 Visitor visa, both the Tourist and Business Streams, at selected Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in India will be able…

Proportion of Indian IT workers on 457 visas on rock bottom pay triples

The proportion of IT professionals from India granted 457 visas and paid base salaries of $53,900 or less, much lower than experienced Australian IT professionals, has tripled under the Coalition government, a study has found. The Australian Population Research Institute has found that IT professionals are the largest single occupation represented in the 457 program…

Australian startups need more diversity to thrive, not closed borders

In recent weeks, both major political parties have proposed tougher restrictions on Australia’s 457 visa system, which allows businesses to sponsor skilled foreign workers for up to four years. The timing, so soon after the election of the outspokenly anti-immigrant President-elect Donald Trump in the U.S., has shades of political opportunism. It also comes amid…