An easier path for Australian Skilled Migrants
Changes recently announced by the Australian Federal Government will make it easier for skilled migrants to gain permanent residency while working in Australia.
Currently around half of all 457 visa holders apply for permanent residency and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is hoping to make this process easier by abolishing the need to reset tests or have their English language ability or skills assessed.
“We know these workers can do the job and are ready to make a commitment to Australia, so it makes sense to streamline their pathway to permanent residence,” he said.
The system will also see an additional overhaul on July 1 2012 when the six existing visa streams are combined into two new employer-sponsored schemes which is designed to simplify and streamline the process.
It’s hoped that the changes will grant employees access to more skilled workers to meet the current needs and demands of the industry.
“Notwithstanding the slow growth seen in employment over the past year, businesses across the economy are still experiencing skill shortages in key occupations, especially those in demand by sectors such as engineering and the skilled trades,” said AI group incoming Chief Executive Innes Willox.
In the year 2011-2012 permanent employer-sponsored visas accounted for 39% of the total skilled migration program.
If you have been considering a move to Australia and would like to know more about the skilled migration program, contact The Emigration Group on 01244 321414 (North) or 0207 118 2526 (South).