457 changes a ‘face-saving nod to nationalism’

Legal immigration experts claim that the changes to the 457 visa are a ‘token gesture to nationalism’, giving the appearance of cutting off visas for foreign workers without actually changing anything.

“It helps with nationalist feelings people have for our country and it gives the appearance of trying to help the unemployed, but in reality it simply means employers will have to spend more money justifying getting foreign workers, in application fees and background checks,” said an immigration solicitor who wished to remain anonymous.