Virginia, US
On 18 April 2017 the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a package of reforms impacting the temporary 457 visa program and permanent employer sponsored visa categories. Some of these reforms have immediate effect (the new occupation lists) and others will be introduced between 1 July 2017 and March 2018.  Mr Turnbull has stated that the reforms "put Australians and Australian jobs first" by curtailing the scope of Australia’s temporary work visa programs and employer nominated permanent migration pathways.
 
 
On 20 April 2017 the Australian Prime Minister also announced proposed changes to the Australian citizenship requirements, including an extension of the period in which an applicant must have been a permanent resident from 12 months to 4 years and introducing an English language test. Revisions to the citizenship test itself are proposed with new and more meaningful questions that assess an applicant’s understanding of - and commitment to – Australians’ ‘shared values and responsibilities’, and the need for applicants to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community. No implementation date for the citizenship reforms has been announced as of yet.
 
Whilst the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) has published some information regarding the reforms on its website, further guidance will not be available until the specific regulations have been released. Fragomen is monitoring the release of the regulations and we will provide future updates as they become available.