- What: Announcing sweeping changes to Australia’s citizenship laws, PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled tighter requirements for new applicants, a move that follows the scrapping of the 457 visa program for foreign workers
- Under the new reforms, the applicants must be permanent residents for at least four years — three years longer than at present — and must be committed to embrace “Australian values“
- Background: The move comes after Australia announced it would abolish the popular 457 work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers — a majority of them Indians — to tackle the growing unemployment in the country
- And replace it with a new programme requiring higher English-language proficiency and job skills
Part of a trend worldwide in which govt’s are tightening immigration. This can impact Indian service industry. Other countries which have taken such measures include the US and New Zealand.