Junior doctors fear deportation under visa overhaul

Panic is spreading among migrant junior doctors and students, who fear they will be put in a race against time to avoid deportation under the new visa system.

The scrapping of the 457 visa program means junior doctors wanting to work in Australia will be restricted to two-year visas with no pathway to permanent residency.

They fear the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa will leave them in limbo if they don’t find work in one of the 32 approved specialist registrar-training programs within two years - even if they trained in Australia.

“If I fail at any stage of this process, I