Essential Report

Permanent residency changes

Apr 26, 2017

Q. Under the 457 visa system, visa holders could be eligible for permanent residency after 2 years. Under the new visa system, those on 4-year visas with high level skills will be eligible for permanent residency after 3 years. Do you approve or disapprove of allowing workers on visas to apply for permanent residency? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 59%   60% 68% 65% 48%
Total disapprove 23%   23% 21% 16% 35%
Strongly approve 13%   17% 13% 18% 5%
Approve 46%   43% 55% 47% 43%
Disapprove 13%   13% 14% 10% 16%
Strongly disapprove 10%   10% 7% 6% 19%
Don’t know 18%   16% 11% 20% 17%

 

59% approve of allowing workers on visas to apply for permanent residency, and 23% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (68%) and those aged 18-24 (66%).

Those most likely to disapprove were those aged 65+ (36%) other party/independent voters (35%).

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