- United States
Australia Immigration officers are providing information on important changes in the skilled migration program through information seminars at a number of locations in Australia.
The proposed changes in the visa and skilled immigration program will come into force on July 1, 2012. The information seminars will provide an opportunities to Australian employers to understand the new changes for hiring foreign nationals.
Following are the schedule and location information for the information seminars:
Mareeba RSL Club, 88 Byrnes Street, Mareeba, June 28 at 1.30pm
Tully Mill Meeting Hall, Writ Lane, Tully, June 27 at 1.30pm
Brothers Leagues Club, Corner Ernest and Campbell St, Innisfail, June 26 at 5.30pm
Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn, corner Foreshore and Watson Terrace, Whyalla, June 25 at 6pm
Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers, Level 3, 218 Molesworth St Lismore, June 22, 9-11am,
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, 566 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba June 19, from 5.30pm to 7pm.
The Westport Club, 25 Buller St, Port Macquarie – June 19, 11am-1pm
Wimmera Business Centre, 62 Darlot St, Horsham - June 19, 10am-12 noon
Australian employers will be able to connect with potential skilled migrants through online service. The online service will also assist in streamlining the pathway to permanent residence for applicants who are already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visa.
SkillSelect is the new online system that will allow potential skilled workers to enter their details for consideration for a skilled visa through an expression of interest. The employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) are being integrated into SkillSelect.
A Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said, “These new arrangements are designed to better respond to labour market demands and form part of ongoing reform of the skilled migration program.”
“Intending migrants will be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application. This will give the government greater control and flexibility to adjust to changes in the economy. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have a genuine need for the workers and that the skills required cannot be found in their region,” he added.
The immigration departmental officials conducting the seminars will be available for brief one to one meetings with employers and employees to answer their concerns and queries regarding skilled migration program. Individual appointment to talk to an immigration officer at the expo can be booked by calling Cheryl Morton on phone number 0427 600 430.
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