Matthew Halliday MARN 0701626 GA CONSULTING CO. LTD
The Australian government recently introduced the Migration Amendment (offshore resources activity) Repeal Bill 2014 into the House of Representatives. The aim of this bill is to repeal the need foreign workers participated in or supporting an offshore resource activity within Australia's Migration Zone to gain an appropriate work visa which is set to be required under the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 ('ORA Act') if the Act comes into action.
As it stands, the ORA Act is expected to take effect from 29 June 2014 and will require all non-citizens participating in an offshore resource activity within the Migration Zone to hold either Australian permanent residency or one of the following types of visas:
If the government's bill successfully passes through both houses of Parliament, the effect of the ORA Act should be neutralised although whether this will occur is still yet to be seen with expected resistance from labour groups.
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