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Fewer fraudulent 457 visas than claimed

Immigration minister Brendan O'Connor has had to backtrack on his claim on the number of wrongly used 457 visas.

Immigration minister Brendan O'Connor has admitted that the figures he had quoted on the amount of 457 visas being used fraudulently in Australia were exaggerated.

 He initially said that ten per cent of these visas were being used illegitimately, which he quoted as part of a campaign by the Labor government to change the system of 457 visas.  However, he has since backtracked on this, saying that the figure given was actually an estimate rather than fact. 

Currently, the 457 visa, otherwise known as the temporary skilled migration visa, is the most popular one for people looking to migrate to Australia.It allows people to move to Australia if they can offer a certain set of skills that will benefit a business within the country. These migrants can stay in the country with their family for up to four years and then could be offered a permanent residence. 

Business groups have been calling for the 457 visas not to be changed as they say that they are beneficial to the economy.

Posted by Steve Douglas

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