Longer Tourist visas for Parents of Citizens and Permanent Residents


Minister Bowen has announced that parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to apply for Tourist visas to visit Australia for longer periods of stay than is currently allowed. DIAC has announced that it will consider granting on a case by case basis: • Tourist visas of up to five years' validity with 12 months stay on each entry for parents who are outside Australia and in the Parent (Subclass 103) visa queue; and • Tourist visas of up to three years' validity with 12 months' stay on each entry for parents who are outside Australia and not in the Parent visa queue. Parents granted these longer Tourist visas will also: • Be expected to hold health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during their stays; • Have visa conditions limiting applications for further visas while they are in Australia; and • Be expected to maintain extended periods of absence between visits to Australia. The changes are expected to be implemented in late 2012. More »

SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled professionals


Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service. Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring candidates from the initial expressions of interest (EOI). “This is an excellent result for the economy, employers, and ultimately for Australia,” a spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today. “SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers.” More than 10 000 skilled people have completed EOIs through www.skillselect.gov.au since it went live on July 1. Earlier this month, the first automated invitation round for skilled independent (90 visas) and skilled regional family-sponsored (10 visas) was completed. The lowest points score invited was 75 points in both the skilled independent and skilled family sponsored visas. This is significantly above the 60 point pass mark, and demonstrates the quality of the skilled people interested in migrating to Australia, and the benefits of selecting only the best. “The points score varied from 75 up to 85 across the two visa subclasses,” the spokesman ... More »

Australian immigration predicted to hit 209,000 in 2014-2015


The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) predicts that annual net overseas immigration will rise slowly to about 208,000 in the year ending in June 2016 from its current level of around 198,000 in the year ending in June 2012. DIAC predicts that there will be 490,400 arrivals of foreign nationals who expect to be present for 12 of the 16 months in Australia prior to the year's end in June 2016 and 282,000 departures of Australians intending to be absent over the same period. The findings are to be found in DIAC's latest publication on the matter, The Outlook for Net Overseas Migration, June 2012 The report states that, of the arrivals in the country in the year to June 2016, around 90,200 will be permanent arrivals. These entrants will fall into three categories. Around 45,900 will be skilled workers. Around 36,400 will be family members of Australian permanent residents and citizens. DIAC predicts that there will also be 7,900 who settle permanently in Australia under the country's Humanitarian Program. The report predicts that, of the 220,900 temporary arrivals, 89,200 will be students. The number of workers granted temporary residency under a 457 visa will rise from around 29,900 in 2011 to around 37,200 in the year to June 2016. There will also be 56,000 visitors with Working Holiday Visas and 38,500 tourists. Analysis of historical net overseas migration shows that in 2009-10, 28.6% of net migration comprised UK citizens. 23.7% were ... More »

Australian politician calls for more temporary migration


An Australian MP has called for an increase in the number of temporary migration permits issued to skilled migrants. Andrew Leigh, a member of the ruling Labor Party said there was a shortage of Australians with the expertise to fill job vacancies created by the country's natural resources boom. Writing in The Brisbane Times, Mr Leigh said that the resources boom had created great stresses in the Australian economy. There were massive projects such as Anglo American's mining project at Moranbah, Queensland and the Gorgon natural gas project sited off the coast of Western Australia which would cost $43bn to develop. The size of these projects had led to a shortage of Australians with the necessary skills to fill the available positions. The problem facing the country was how to ensure that there were sufficient skilled workers to complete projects on time without displacing the local work force. Mr Leigh's article, published on August 8th, said that the Australian government could solve this crisis by issuing more temporary work visas to applicants with the required skills. The visas, known as 457 visas, allow migrants to stay and work in the country for up to four years. Mr Leigh said that the granting of these visas could be linked to a commitment to train local people under the Enterprise Migration Agreements scheme. This, he said, would ensure that local people benefitted from the boom even though some jobs went to migrants. It would also ensure that major projects ... More »

Australia sees increase in population due to immigration


New Australian statistics reveal that Melbourne has seen its population grow by over half a million people in the last decade. The population increase is partly due to overseas immigration into Australia, according to ABS spokesman Andrew Howe. Latest news Overall Melbourne has seen an increase in its population of 647,200 people. The largest increase was in South Morang, up 32,200 people, while Point Cook, Caroline Springs and Tarneit in the west of the city each saw growth of more than 20,000 people. "What comes to the fore over the past five years is the level of overseas migration. A lot of them have chosen to move to Melbourne," Howe said. "Inner city living has become more popular in all Australian capital cities. People want to live closer to the city, especially younger adults wanting to be closer to work and education." Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, has seen a population increase of 25 percent, the second fastest capital city growth in the country. Darwin's population increased at 21 percent, nearly twice the rate of the rest of the Northern Territory. Each State or Territory in Australia has a Capital City and there are a total of eight capital cities in Australia Source : workpermit.com More »

Priority processing available for Australian skilled migration visas


Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced from 1 July 2012, new priority processing arrangements will be in place for certain skilled migration visas. The priority processing arrangements allow the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the minister considers appropriate. The new arrangements apply to visa applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and certain points based skilled migration visa schemes. From July 1, 2012, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are applications from people who: • are sponsored under the RSMS program • are sponsored under the ENS program • are nominated by a state or territory government agency • have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List • all other applications. Applications for visa subclasses 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, or 489 which are submitted through SkillSelect will be given the highest priority within each priority processing group. DIAC stated that the changes to priority processing arrangements were made to address the needs of industry by targeting skills in demand across a number of sectors, while ensuring that the Skilled Migration Program is responsive to the current economic climate and the needs of the Australian economy. The new priority processing arrangements apply to all current ... More »

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