Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Australia scraps visa


SYDNEY — Australia will scrap a temporary visa for skilled overseas workers, the prime minister said Tuesday, arguing that Australian­s must be given priority over foreigners for local jobs.

The popular 457 visa, which allows foreigners to live and work in Australia for up to four years, will be replaced with a stricter scheme that requires a criminal background check and includes tougher English language requiremen­ts, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. The list of occupation­s that qualify for the new visa will be sharply reduced.

The prime minister said the changes would attract better-skilled workers and encourage the hiring of Australian­s instead of cheaper foreign labor.

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