With the number of migrant workers holding skilled migration visas growing by 12,000 in the last 12 months alone, it is more important than ever for employers to be aware of all the different avenues available for overseas workers.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has joined forces with the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development to lead a number of skilled migration forums across Perth, where employers can learn more about skilled migration.
Popular issues for employers include learning more about temporary and permanent visa programs, as well as checking work rights for employees, hiring staff from overseas and the various options available for sourcing semi-skilled workers from other countries.
Employers can also benefit by learning more about the 457 visa program, as well as other permanent skilled migration options, including the regional sponsored migration scheme and the employer nomination scheme.
Forum attendees will be able to learn more about future workforce planning, as well as provisions made in the most recent federal Budget to boost Australia's skilled migrant worker program.
"The skill stream has increased by 12 000 places on 2010-11 program planning levels, to 125 850 places and policy initiatives are being implemented to assist Australian employers, businesses and regional areas to better address their skill needs," remarked a DIAC spokesman.
While the Perth forum is scheduled for June 23, employers in regional areas of Western Australia can also benefit from other events set to take place throughout the month. Joondlup will host a skilled migration forum on June 10, while Fremantle's event will be held on June 14.
At the forum, employers will also be able to speak privately with a DIAC representative who can speak with them about specific migration issues.
Whether you are an employer looking to sponsor a skilled worker, an employee planning a visa application or an applicant looking for an onshore or offshore skilled visa, an immigration lawyer can be an excellent resource.
Migration lawyers offer an advantage over migration consultants with no legal experience - they can assess all the facts of your individual case and provide honest advice about how best to proceed with the visa that is right for you. It is a wise idea to ask about fees - good legal firms will offer you an upfront estimate of how much your application will cost.
Your immigration lawyer can then guide you through every step of the application process, taking the necessary measures to maximise the likelihood of your visa being granted.