More skilled migration seminars in the pipeline

Date: Jun 14, 2012

Businesses and individuals who want to learn more about the changes to the skilled migration program can attend seminars held by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) over the coming days.

The department has been running a series of events ahead of the reforms that are due to come into force on July 1 - and attendees can always follow up on any queries they have with a migration lawyer.

Officers from the DIAC will be present in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on June 19 and 20, before heading to Lismore on June 21 and 22.

During the sessions, the representatives will explain what changes are coming into force, as well as offering individual appointments for those with particular concerns.

One of the major reforms is the launch of an online database that has been specifically designed to link Australian employers with potential skilled workers from overseas.

SkillSelect takes an expression of interest approach to migration - interested parties can sign in and leave their details, giving employers the chance to get in touch if they have a suitable role available.

A spokesperson for the department believes the system will make it easier for employers to respond to demands for labour in their respective industries.

"Intending migrants will be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian government to lodge a visa application," they explained.

The government is also expected to reap some benefits, as it will be able to adjust to any changes that arise in the country's economy.

Employers may also find it useful to attend the seminars, as they have a legal requirement to demonstrate that they cannot fill positions using local workers before turning to skilled migrants.

The spokesperson continued: "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."

Officers are equipped to offer advice on temporary and permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the requirements that both parties are required to meet when submitting applications.

The DIAC recently called upon people to gain advice from authoritative sources, rather than turning to mobile applications that may not contain correct information.

It warned that putting forward an incorrect visa application - or deliberately giving misleading details - could jeopardise a person's chances of being granted a visa.