India not happy with Australia’s scrapping of 457 visa


NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a telephone call with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has voiced his reservations about the Australia’s decision to scrap the 457 visa.

India is upset by the Australian government’s decision to replace the 457 visa for temporary skilled workers with new visas.

In its place will be a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years targeted at higher skills.

Mr Turnbull said the changes were “in the national interest”.

Indian nationals account for a quarter of 457 visa holders, the most of any nationality.

In a statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the two leaders agreed that “officials from both sides will remain in close touch on the issue”.