High Court Says Foreigners Working on Vessels Off Australia Now Need Visas



High Court Says Foreigners Working on Vessels Off Australia Now Need Visas
Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton expresses disappointment with a High Court ruling that foreigners working on vessels involved in offshore resources activities in Australia require visas.

Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton expressed his disappointment Wednesday with the decision by the High Court that foreigners working on vessels involved in offshore resources activities will be subject to the country's visa requirements.

The High Court requires foreigners working on Australian resources installations to hold either a Subclass 457 Temporary Work (skilled) visa or a Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa.

"Today's High Court decision relating to workers on vessels operating in the offshore resources industry is disappointing," Dutton said in a press release.

He granted visa exemptions to crews working on some vessels involved in offshore resources activities as they performed highly specialized work, usually of a short term nature. Besides, the Minister added that many of these vessels operate in international waters and never enter an Australian port.

Dutton explained that the current government led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull "provided the limited visa exemption to both protect and support jobs for Australian workers and provide certainty for the offshore resources industry."

The High Court ruling, requiring foreign workers on these vessels to apply for and gain a visa before they can work within the offshore resource sector, will "add red tape, add costs to industry and reduce the competitiveness of what is one of Australia's biggest export earners."



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