DIAC support officers to visit Port Pirie

Date: Feb 08, 2012

As part of its ongoing commitment to deliver information on visa options to those outside of the country's capital cities, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is sending officers to the municipality of Port Pirie on February 23.

Two DIAC officials will be visiting the community to host face-to-face interviews with both business owners and visa holders who are looking to have their questions answered.

A busy resource industry in the area means that local firms are likely to be facing shortages in staff members - meaning that they may be able to apply to sponsor international employees to live and work in Australia.

A spokesman for the DIAC explained the main purpose of the visit was to provide local managers and professionals with qualified advice from a trusted source.

"Some businesses in regional communities can find it difficult to fill skilled vacancies with local workers and may want to consider sponsoring suitably qualified workers from overseas," said the spokesman.

"Our officers will be available to provide a range of information on visa options, market salary rates, health insurance, training requirements and employer obligations."

On the other hand, individuals who currently hold a permanent residency visa may wish to bring their family in to Australia to stay with them.

While spouses already have a variety of visa options to choose from - including the 820, 801, 309 and 100 subclasses - there are a number of other points that need to be considered.

This is because the DIAC has a range of factors that it uses to determine who can receive a sponsored spousal visa - it is not just based on duration of relationship.

In fact the department requires a subjective test that requires applicants to prove that their relationship is both genuine and enduring.

This is where the assistance of an immigration lawyer can come into its own - providing qualified legal advice on the technical rules used by the DIAC and helping migrants to choose the best visa option to suit their needs.

For individuals located in some regional areas this information can be hard to come by on a regular basis, giving them a good reason to look into the prospect of gaining an interview with one of the DIAC officers.

The information they provide can help residents and their families to make the right choice in selecting a visa that meets the requirements.

Once this has been done, a migration lawyer is able to assist by reviewing their documentation before submission - ensuring that their application has the best possible chance of success.