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Better Deal for Skilled Migrants to Australia

Here is what was reported in the Weekend Australian Financial Review today -

Skilled migrants already working in Australia on temporary work visas (457 visas) will soon find it easier to gain permanent residency (PR) under changes announced by the Minister for Immigration

Holders of 457 visas will not have to resit tests to assess their trade or skills or their English language skills to gain their PR.

PR will be gained either via the Employer Nomination Scheme or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

Permanent employer sponsored visa places account for 39% of the total skilled migration program for 2011-12.  The RSMS program allows Australian employers to sponsor workers for PR to fill skilled full time job vacancies in their businesses.

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.

If you have a skill that is currently in short supply in Australia, this is a good time to apply for a work visa.

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Update re 457 Temporary Work Visas in Australia

This information is provided on the Department of Immigration website.

 

The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged from July to end December 2011 was 36.7 per cent higher than the same period last program year.

The number of subclass 457 primary visas granted from July to end December 2011 was 50.7 per cent higher than the same period last year.

The number of primary visa holders in Australia at 31 December 2011 was 68 320 and reflected an increase of 14.5 per cent in comparison with the same in the previous year.

Offshore primary visa lodgements from July to end December 2011 were 43.4 per cent higher than the same period last program year, reflecting a continued strong employer demand for temporary skilled workers.

457 Visa application trends

The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged from July to end December 2011 was 36.7 per cent higher than the same period last program year. Although application lodgements tend to ease in December due to the holiday season, the number of primary applications lodged in December 2011 was still 20.9 per cent higher than that in December 2010.

From July to end December 2011, primary applications offshore were 43.4 per cent higher than the same period last program year. Primary applications offshore for December 2011 were 19.2 per cent higher than in December 2010. Offshore primary applicants reflect new additions to the Australian labour market.

From July to end December 2011, primary applications onshore were 28.3 per cent higher than the same period last program year. Primary applications onshore for December 2011 were 23.1 per cent higher than in December 2010.

The number of ANZSCO Major Group 1 to 2 (Managers and Professionals) primary applications lodged from July to end December 2011 was 23.1 per cent higher than the same period last program year. During the same period, the number of ANZSCO Major Group 3 (Technicians and Trades workers) primary applications increased by 81.3 per cent.

457 Visa grant trends

The number of subclass 457 primary visas granted from July to end December 2011 was 50.7 per cent higher than the same period last program year. The number of primary visas granted in December 2011 was 44.5 per cent higher than in December 2010.

From July to end December 2011, offshore 457 primary visa grants were 55.7 per cent higher than the same period last program year. Compared with December 2010, the number of 457 offshore primary visa grants was 48.7 per cent higher in December 2011.

From July to end December 2011, 457 onshore primary visa grants were 43.8 per cent higher than the same period last program year. The number of onshore 457 primary visa grants in December 2011 was 39.4 per cent higher than in December 2010.

In the year to end December 2011, 71.6 per cent of 457 primary visa grants were to Managers and Professionals and 22.0 per cent were to Technicians and Trades Workers.

AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION INTAKE BEING REDUCED

The annual intake of migrants is now a very hot political issue in Australia. The intake went as high as 300,000 and has now fallen to 240,000 and will fall to 145,000 in 2011-2012.

There is a national debate going on right now about the sustainability of population growth in Australia. The government has just appointed its first Population Minister.

The recent May Federal Budget froze the overall permanent migration intake at 168,700.

However there was in INCREASE in SKILLED MIGRATION intake of 5750.

Right now the key to successful and fast tracked migration to Australia is the new high demand list published by the government for skilled occupations. See our earlier blog post on this.

Australian Visa Experts has the expertise and experience to assess your chances of success quickly and if you qualify to get your visa application lodged with minimum delay. If you don’t yet qualify for permanent visa we can assist you to find an employer sponsor to sponsor you on a temporary visa until such time as you qualify for a permanent visa.

The government is tightening up its laws, regulations and policies around migration, so if you truly wish to live and work in this beautiful country you had best move quickly.

We are on standby ready to assist you realize your dreams.

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LATEST NEWS RE SKILLED MIGRANTS AND TEMPORARY VISAS

There is a lot of debate going on in Australia about how many migrants to take in each year, and who should be given priority for visas.

The two main political parties are arguing over the issue of how many migrants per year is sustainable in Australia.

Business is very concerned that the intake not be reduced so that they cannot find the skilled workers they need if their demand for certain skills exceeds what is available to them from the local employment market.

There is another issue to – the aging population. In 40 years the project more than 8 million Australians will be aged 65 of more. Right now only 3 million are aged 65 or more. So that is a very big increase and it raises concerns as to how aged care will be financed out of taxation if there are not enough younger people in the work force paying tax.

Most commentators agree that Australia cannot afford not to take in at least 180,000 migrants a year.

So this is good news for potential migrants IF you have the right sort of skills needed by Australia now and into the future.

There is also a much bigger emphasis now on having good English speaking skills.

The indications are that the most favored skills needed now and over next decade will be more white collar than blue collar and will favor professionals in manufacturing and administrative roles.

Demand will continue to strengthen for temporary 457 visas.

Australian Visa Experts is offering a paid service to help match qualifying skilled workers with employers to sponsor them under a 457 visa.

If you are interested in such assistance please use our special enquiry form by using FIND A SPONSOR from our Menu.

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Sponsored Temporary Work Visas

The English language requirement has been recently increased for this visa class.

The Migration Regulations have been amended to require all people applying for sponsored temporary residence work visas under subclass 457 IN A TRADE OCCUPATION to obtain an average band score of 5 in the IELTS test unless they have been given an EXEMPTION.

You do not need to get a 5 score in each subject – JUST AN OVERALL SCORE OF 5 in your IELTS results.

This change to the Rules applies to all applications lodged on or after 14 April 2009.

Any questions about this please let us know and we can elaborate further.

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