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Migrant workers on the rise

The number of people in Australia on 457 visas is on the increase.

Migrants seem to be able to realise their dream of moving to Australia as the number of people with 457 visas is on the rise.

According to the latest data from the Immigration Department, the number of people in Australia using a 457 visa rose between March and April.

Using this visa, people with particular skill sets needed in Australia are able to move to the country on a temporary basis with their families and could potentially gain a permanent residence.

This comes in spite of the fact that the government had previously said it wished to crack down on the number of 457 visas being approved.

Indeed, for a time there was a drop in the number of approvals.

However, this was met by criticism from industry groups that said migrant workers made up an important segment of their staff.

Additionally, the government has said it hopes to increase the cost of 457 visas.

Posted by Ravin Chatlani

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