Australia's 457 visa decision likely to hit free-trade talks with India, officials hint

Australia's 457 visa decision likely to hit free-trade talks with India, officials hint

Malcolm Turnbull’s shock announcement leaves migration agents in Delhi struggling to update their customers

The Australian government’s decision to scrap a working visa used primarily by Indians is likely to set back efforts to secure a free-trade agreement between the two countries, foreign ministry officials in Delhi have hinted.

Malcolm Turnbull on Monday announced the controversial 457 visa program for temporary workers would be abolished in favour of a new category that would “put jobs first” and “Australians first”.

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