One of Australia's top medical research heads says at least six institutes have had their job offers rejected by star scientists abroad following the federal government's recent visa overhaul.
Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes president, Tony Cunningham, has raised the alarm over last month’s changes to 457 visas, which saw hundreds of jobs cut from the list of eligible occupations.
Hundreds of other occupations are now on a restricted list which offers a visa for two years instead of four, and cuts off any pathway to permanent residency.
“In many cases we find that those people who come here are so valuable that we want to keep them," Mr Cunningham told SBS World News.
"An example of that would be Ian Frazer who came from Scotland and invented the papilloma virus vaccine.
“We run the risk of people leaving after two years and leaving us in the lurch in the middle of excellent funded research projects.”
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