Archive for December 2010

AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOU!

While immigration drops, businesses are crying out for more staff

Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT

December 7, 2010

AUSTRALIA’S rate of immigration is tumbling already. An issue of bipartisan concern during the election campaign, the latest figures show net migration falling sharply with the number of permanent and long-term arrivals outnumbering departures by only 210,400 in the year to October, well down on the 324,700 a year before.

A rolling annual graph shows the rate continuing to plunge, as increasing numbers of Australians head overseas and fewer immigrants arrive.

In October, just 9370 overseas arrivals settled on Australian shores, the lowest total since March 2004.

Although it accords with the Prime Minister’s expressed desire during the campaign for ”a sustainable Australia, not a big Australia”, the slowdown has ominous portents for Australia’s economic boom.

”Businesses are shaking their heads,” said a Commonwealth Securities economist, Craig James. ”Job markets are tight, with not enough local talent to fill positions. But while companies are crying out for staff, migrant numbers are plunging.

”Over the past year, the annual number of migrants has plunged by a record 35 per cent, robbing the economy of momentum at an important time.

”It is in the interests of all Australians to have a balanced job market. The last thing anyone wants to see is the Reserve Bank keeping interest rates at higher levels than they should be because restrictions on migrant inflows are pushing up wages and prices.”

Separately released job advertisement data shows that ads were up 2.9 per cent in November as firms struggled to get staff. Newspaper job advertisements rebounded 0.9 per cent after slipping for two months.

The ANZ Bank says its count of advertisements points to a further jump in employment of 20,000 when the November figures are released today, pushing the unemployment rate down from 5.4 to 5.2 per cent.

But it warns the job figures will ”effectively cover hiring decisions made prior to the Reserve Bank’s latest interest rate increase”.

”Given anecdotal reports of more moderate consumer behaviour since, it is reasonable to expect some moderation in the rate of growth of labour demand in the months ahead,” said an economist, Ivan Colhoun.

The high dollar and cheap airfares pushed Australian short-term departures to a record high of 7 million trips in the year to October. During that month we left the country around 600,000 times, up 15 per cent on the previous October.

Tourist arrivals have continued to increase, despite the dollar climbing 5 per cent in the year to October. New Zealand and Britain were the biggest source of tourists followed by the US, China and Japan.

AUSTRALIAN VISAS – JOBS JOBS JOBS – BUT WHICH ONES?

In today’s Australian Financial Review the Heading on p. 4 is JOBS, PAY SET TO SOAR IN NEW YEAR.

What are the hot high demand jobs for 2011?

Here they are -

* Engineers

* Project Managers

* Construction Workers

* Technology Experts

* Sales Managers

* Financial Services

Local Demand for people with skills in these occupations is starting to outstrip supply. THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR THOSE LOOKING TO GET A SKILLED MIGRANT VISA OR A TEMPORARY WORK VISA (UP TO 4 YEARS) WITH AN EMPLOYER WHO IS WILLING TO SPONSOR YOU.

The article said that there is a WAR FOR TALENT going on, and those with the right skills are being snapped up.

If your skills fit any of these high demand occupations let us know and we can help you get the fast track green light for a visa.

AUSTRALIAN VISA EXPERTS

WE NOW DO TOURIST, SPOUSE AND PARTNER VISAS

WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS TO DO THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL VISA TYPES -

1. VISITOR/TOURIST VISAS

2. SPOUSE VISAS

3. PARTNER VISAS

Here is some useful information for you about each of these 3 Visa Types.

Tourist Visa:


This visa is available to all passport holders who are outside Australia and want to apply for a visa to visit Australia or for people who are in Australia and want to stay longer as a visitor. Certain tourists are also be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an eVisitor visa which is determined by the passport that they hold.
If granted, this visa will allow you either a single or multiple entry to Australia for a stay period of up to three (3), six (6) or 12 months. The period of stay and number of entries granted will depend on the purpose of the visit and your personal circumstances. You must have a genuine intention to visit Australia as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and/or friends.
Family members, under 18, who are travelling to Australia and are included on your passport, can be included in your application. Other family members who have separate passports must lodge separate applications.
If you are granted this visa, you can study for up to three months. If you want to study longer than three months you should apply for a student visa.
You are not able to work in Australia on this type of visa. If you are coming to Australia to work, you should consider applying for a visa which allows you to work in Australia such as a Work Permit (subclass 457 visa).


Spouse & Partner Visas:


This visa allows you to enter or remain in Australia on the basis of your married, de-facto or interdependent relationship with your partner:
· on a temporary visa (usually for a waiting period of approximately two (2) years from the date you applied for the visa)
· on a permanent visa if, after the waiting period (if applicable), your partner relationship still exists and you are still eligible for this visa.
Your partner must provide sponsorship for you. Your partner must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
Married Spouse
Your marriage must be legal under Australian Law. If you were married in a country other than Australia and that marriage is valid in that country, generally it will be recognised as valid under Australian law.
You and your partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to the exclusion of all others. You and your partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary. You must also have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.
De-facto Spouse (opposite sex, unmarried) and Interdependent (same-sex, unmarried)
You and your partner must have been in a de-facto spouse or interdependent relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging your application. The 12-month relationship requirement may be waived if one of the following situations applies:
· you can demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances, such as if you have children with your partner.
· in the case of an interdependent relationship, where cohabitation was contrary to law in the applicant’s country of residence.
You and your partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others. You and your partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary. You must also have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.
If you declare your relationship to the State office of Births, Deaths and Marriages then you can have the 12 months cohabitation period mentioned above waived.
In assessing a claimed de-facto or interdependent relationship, the department usually looks at evidence of things such as:
· living together full-time
· sharing important financial and social commitments
· setting up a household separately from other people
· how, when and where you first met
· how your relationship developed
· when you decided to marry or to start a de facto spouse or interdependent relationship
· your domestic arrangements (how you support each other financially, physically and emotionally and when this level of commitment began)
· any periods of separation (when and why the separation occurred, for how long and how you maintained your relationship during the period of separation)
· your future plans.

WANT TO MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA? SOME INTERESTING FACTS

Here is the first bit of news -

The United Nation conducts an annual A to Z of global wealth, poverty, health and education and rates all the countries in the world against those indices.

This year it has named Norway as the country with the best quality of life, followed by Australia and New Zealand.

The next bit of news I found in the Australian Financial Review published on December 4th.

It reported that migration from the Southern States of Victoria and New South Wales up north to Queensland has fallen away.

It also reported that net overseas migration now accounts for 46% of Queensland’s population growth.

Thought you might be interested to know these facts.

Australian Visa Experts

WE DO VISITOR, SPOUSE AND PARTNER VISAS NOW

Australian Visa Experts is now open for business for -

  • Visitor Visas
  • Spouse Visas
  • Partner Visas

You will see new pages going up soon on our website covering each of these three new visa types.

Our registered migration agent is highly skilled in these visas and you can expect very quick and fair priced service.

The economy is recovering and there will soon be more demand than supply for certain types of jobs and this will open the door to more migration – so keep an eye on this blog as we will update you on a regular basis.

Watch out for and steer clear of the unscrupulous operators who will fleece your pocket and under deliver in their service to you.

We recognized the need for assistance to help connect skilled workers needing a sponsor with the right employer and our MATCH MAKER SERVICE was born about 3 months ago. We are now working with various high quality recruitment agencies to help us find sponsors for people with the right skills needed here right now. Some employers are getting desperate as they cannot find all the staff they need from the local employment market – so our Matchmaker service is the perfect answer to this.

Stay tuned,

Australian Visa Experts