Australian immigration hosts information sessions about skilled migration

Published:  17 Feb at 9 AM
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As reported by Work Permit, Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is sending immigration officials to visit the South Australia and New South Wales regions, beginning 20 February 2012, in order to offer businesses and foreign workers more information on employer-sponsored visa programmes and skilled migration.

Australian immigration officials will visit Woolgoolga, Port Pirie, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour and hold information sessions on the country’s skilled migration program. The officials will also have individual meetings with employees and employers to answer any questions on the programmes.

Many businesses in local communities may find it difficult to find skilled local workers and may consider sponsoring an appropriately qualified worker from abroad, explained a departmental spokesman. Officers will be available to offer a variety of information about temporary or permanent work-sponsored visa programmes and the concessions obtainable for regional applicants, added the spokesman.

The Subclass 457 work visa has proven to be a popular choice for employer-sponsored programmes. A temporary work visa allowing Australian firms to sponsor foreign workers for a maximum of four years, workers wishing to relocate to Australia without sponsorship can apply for the General Skilled Migration programme. This visa may be worth a try for those with skills in occupations which Australia requires to fill labour shortfalls.
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