Angela Chan of the Migration Institute of Australia said that the new fees for 457 visa holders were an unfair tax on migrants. She said that the changes would mean that a 457 worker visiting Australia and bringing his wife and four children with him would now have to pay fees of $6,120 just for the family’s visas. Ms Chan said that this would discourage genuine migrants.
A spokesman for Australian immigration told the Irish Echo that the increase in the 457 visa fees was a deliberate attempt to reduce the attractiveness of employing foreign workers on 457 visas. He said they were intended to ‘strengthen the integrity of the subclass 457 programme’ and to ‘encourage employers to seek skilled employment locally before seeking to sponsor workers overseas’. This is likely to cause disquiet across Australian industry.
Spokesmen for the Australian educational and tourism industries complained that the introduction of the $700 fee for those applying for a new visa from within Australia are likely to damage the Australian education and tourism industries.