GSM Seminars In The Gascoyne

June 15, 2012 · Posted in Australia & Pacific 

Department of Immigration and Citizenship officers will visit Carnarvon and Exmouth in WA’s Gascoyne region on June 6 to 8 to discuss significant changes in Australia’s general skilled migration program.

The changes being introduced on 1 July 2012 include a new online service connecting Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlining of the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary 457 visas.

The employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) will be integrated with the new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect.

The online SkillSelect system is a new expression of interest (EOI) approach to skilled migration, allowing skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI.

“These new arrangements are designed to better respond to labour market demands and form part of ongoing reform of the skilled migration program,” a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said.

“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.”

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From July 1, there will also be a fast-tracked pathway from the 457 visa to permanent residence under the employer-sponsored visa program, enabling skilled migrants to settle and work in regional and metropolitan Australia.

The departmental officers visiting the Gascoyne will conduct seminars in each location and also be available for brief individual appointments with employers to answer their questions about skilled migration.

“Our officers will be available to provide a range of information on temporary or permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the concessions available for regional applicants,” the spokesman added.

The department will run seminars on skilled migration visa options in Carnarvon on Wednesday, June 6 at 6pm at the Gascoyne Development Commission boardroom (15 Stuart Street Carnarvon) and in Exmouth on Thursday, June 7 at 6pm in the Novotel Ningaloo Resort function room (Madaffari Drive, Exmouth).

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