In the latest meeting, Mr. Alexader Downer – the Australian high commissioner in the UK, mentioned that Australia would prefer better access for its citizens who are residing in the UK for different work and business purposes currently, before agreeing on any further deal after the post-Brexit situation. He also mentioned that the Australian government has already spoken to the UK government, to allow some relaxation on Tier 2 Visa and Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence restrictions. While at present it seems that having a Tier 2 Visa in the UK is becoming very difficult and expensive also. Additional £1,000 is also going to be added to the total cost of a Tier 2 Visa as an immigration skill charge affecting from 6th April 2017. The Australian government has already started a conversation with the UK government in order to settle an agreement. While the latest announcement from the American President, Mr. Donald Trump, a deal on immigration is likely to happen between Australia and UK in the near future. Mr. Downer also said that a deal with the UK might take place within the upcoming eight months. The UK prime minister – Theresa May said that she will instigate the UK government for a talk with New Zealand which may result in a trade agreement. Continuing to his statement, Mr. Downer mentioned that the access for Australian business in another country will always be the first priority for the government in any type of trade deal. He has also made a recommendation that the negotiation for availing Tier 2 Visa in the UK should happen exactly at the same time while making another agreement for free movement of materials. Referring to the quick action happened in the Presidency era of George W Bush, Downer said that the deal between the UK and Australia could be done easily after Brexit. He also confirmed that the Australian government is already having discussions with the UK on the outcome of a free trade agreement deal. Apart from this, he mentioned that the UK can negotiate the deal once it leaves the European Union but not before it happens. He also said that the Australian government has already submitted the agreement copy which contains different scopes for the UK over the free trade deal. At present Tier 2 Visa is required for an Australian citizen to enter in the UK, which will allow them to live here for 5 years and 14 more days and citizens who are qualified for the Tier 2 Visa must have a secured job and a proof of income.
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