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Should Australia increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

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Last answered 1 week ago

Skilled Immigrants Poll Results for Nationals

Increase

86 votes

26%

Decrease

172 votes

52%

Distribution of answers submitted by Nationals.

2 Increase answers
3 Decrease answers
1 overlapping answers

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Learn more about Skilled Immigrants

Skilled temporary work visas are usually given to foreign scientists, engineers, programmers, architects, executives, and other positions or fields where demand outpaces supply. Most businesses argue that hiring skilled foreign workers allows them to competitively fill positions which are in high demand. In 2016 the Migration Council announced a proposal where students trained at US and UK universities and colleges could apply for work visas in Australia. The students are allowed to stay up to four years on temporary visas and then apply for permanent citizenship. The Migration Council estimates this will add 1.6 trillion to the country’s gross domestic product through 2050. Opponents argue that skilled immigrants decrease middle class wages and job tenure.  See recent skilled immigrant workers news

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