Revised list of ineligible occupations expected after business groups complain changes would reduce pool of candidates

Overseas-born chief executives could be exempt from the federal government’s visa crackdown, according to reports, amid criticism from business groups that the changes would drive away quality candidates and increase salary expectations.

The federal government announced its changes to the visa system in April. As well as stricter citizenship and permanent residency requirements, the changes included the removal of more than 200 job titles from eligibility lists. It also replaced the 457 visa system with two classes of temporary skilled visas, for either two or four years.

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