Businesses and overseas workers in Clare may be in search of immigration lawyers following a seminar from Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers later this week.
On March 29, they will offer advice on employer-sponsored visa options in light of changes that come into force over the coming months.
Permanent employer-sponsored visa programs will take effect on July 1 in a bid to better meet Australia's economic needs and respond quickly to labour market demand.
The main changes include minimising the number of visa subclasses from six to two, which has been achieved by removing the distinction between inside and outside Australia.
Furthermore, the permanent labour agreement visa has been replaced with streams in the Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
A spokesperson from the DIAC explained that regional outreach officers based in South Australia will be in Clare to help people better understand these changes.
At the meeting, they will give a presentation before offering individual appointments with employers and employees, which may ultimately be followed up with a visit to a lawyer of immigration.
These one-to-one sessions are designed to give further information on visa programs, or provide answers to specific questions on applications that have already been made.
Appointments are available between 10:00 and 16:00 local time and will take place at Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North - bookings are recommended.
Two new visas are being made available as of July 1 - the Employer Nomination (Class EN) Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and the Regional Employer Nomination (Class RN) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187).
Within each of these will be three streams, including the Temporary Residence Transition, which is applicable to subclass 457 visa holders who have been with the same employer for at least two years.
This gives employers the chance to offer them a permanent position doing the same job.
Another stream is Direct Entry, which is for applicants who have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least two years, or are making an application from outside Australia.
The Agreement stream is for those who are being sponsored by an employer through either a labour or regional migration agreement.
The existing subjective exceptional circumstances provision in permanent employer-sponsored visa categories will be replaced with a more objective system, in order to give more clarity to applicants.
This will also help ensure visa programs can respond to more unique cases faced by the DIAC.