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Govt assesses impact of US, Oz visa curbs on Indians

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"India provides the highest number of temporary skilled workers to Australia of any country; eight out of the top 10 occupations for Indian 457 visa holders (December 2016) were IT professionals", Sidhu said in a statement.

The 457 visa which is mostly used program to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia for a period up to four years.

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

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has adopted a harsher stance towards skilled migrants, scaling back the intake of temporary workers as part of an "Australia first" tilt that will affect tens of thousands of Britons a year.

8 per cent respectively, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. The clauses in the new visa programmes include a deeper English language testing with stringent labour tests and an additional work experience. "We'll no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians".

Australian Industry Group chief Innes Willox said the existing 457 visa system was opaque and open to abuse and he hoped the new scheme would be more transparent.

Malcolm Turnbull has sent a warning to employers about his new temporary foreign worker visas, saying they will be publicly shamed if they try to abuse the regime.

The Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa.

Indian techies working in Australia would not be affected by its government's move on visas granted to them under a specific category, said the Indian IT industry's representative body Nasscom on Wednesday.

A quarter of all 457 skilled migrant visa holders in Australia are Indian, which is the highest of any nation.

While there are more than 200 jobs now on the SOL, the government plans to cut at least 180 jobs from the list.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that for the two-year stream, which could be renewed for two years, "there won't be permanent residency outcomes at the end of that".

At a press conference in Canberra, Turnbull said the 457 Visa system needed to be replaced because it had "lost its credibility".

Liberal-turned-crossbencher senator Cory Bernardi has also claimed credit for the changes, but Mr Turnbull said it was a "decision of the Government".