PM Modi conveys concerns over visa issue to his Australian counterpart

02 May , 2017 , 11:59 PM
PM Narendra Modi (Source: PTI)
PM Narendra Modi (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed India's concern to his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull about the impact of the recent decision to eradicate a popular work visa used by a majority of Indians.

Modi's move came during a phone call initiated by Turnbull where he thanked Modi for the success of his recent visit to India, a PMO statement said.

"Prime Minister Modi expressed concern about the possible impact of the recent changes in Australian regulations for the skilled professionals visa programme", the statement said.

The two Prime Ministers agreed that officials from both sides will remain in close touch on the issue, it added.

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About three weeks back, Turnbull had announced his decision to abolish the 457 visa, which allows businesses to hire foreign workers for up to four years in skilled jobs.

"We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains: Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs, so we are abolishing the 457 visa", he had said.

A majority of those using the visa programme are Indians.

The PMO statement stated, "The two Prime Ministers also discussed the follow-upaction taken after the visit of Mr. Turnbull to India lastmonth, and the steps required to further strengthen thebilateral relationship".

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First Published: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 11:49 PM
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