February 20 will see the arrival of a number of officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on the north coast of New South Wales.
The state has seen a high level of growth in in resource industries in recent months, which in turn has had an impact on secondary sectors such as construction and infrastructure.
On top of this, the increase in population experienced by local communities as more workers are hired for projects in these regions means that nearby businesses are facing difficulties in meeting their staffing needs.
Because some business owners outside of the capital cities can face difficulties in gaining direct access to a reliable source of immigration information, the DIAC visit provides a valuable avenue of direct contact with credible sources.
While a team of immigration lawyers can offer valuable services to managers looking at sourcing international employees, many may want to examine their options before committing to a course of action.
For these business owners the DIAC visit could prove invaluable, with officers available for face-to-face interviews in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Woolgoolga.
These experienced officials will be hosting private sessions for employers and visa holders to gain the latest in qualified advice on sponsorship options, requirements and application procedures.
A departmental spokesman said: "Some businesses in regional communities can find it difficult to fill skilled vacancies with local workers and may want to consider sponsoring a suitably qualified worker from overseas.
"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."
When an organisation faces difficulties in finding talent locally and has found the sponsorship of skilled migrants is a viable option, they then need to make an application to the DIAC.
While not responsible for sourcing the workers directly, a migration lawyer can assist with the submissions process - ensuring that the visa applied for is appropriate for the industry as well as making use of any existing agreements held with the department.
These include the Regional Migration Agreements that can be deployed when a community or geographic population is unable to produce any more employees with a certain level of experience and education.
On top of this, a team of lawyers for immigration are able to review the application as it is drafted - ensuring that any submission to the DIAC is whole and complete, giving it the best possible chance of being accepted.