DIAC officers host skilled migration seminars

Date: Aug 28, 2012

With major reforms taking place across Australia's skilled migration program over recent months, employers and overseas migrants may find the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)'s latest round of presentations to be useful.

The next session, which is set to be held on September 5 in Port Augusta, will help to clarify some of the major changes introduced at the beginning of the new financial year, including the integration of the regional sponsored migration scheme and the employer nomination scheme with SkillSelect, the new online migration selection register.

The SkillSelect system, which requires skilled migrants to achieve a pass of at least 60 on a points-based assessment and evaluates them according to their ability and their chosen profession, allows interested parties to record their details in order to be considered for a skilled migration visa.

According to a spokesperson for the DIAC, the system allows intending migrants to be nominated for skilled visas through state or territory governments, Australian employers or the federal government - a move that boasts the benefits of "control and flexibility".

"These new arrangements are designed to better respond to labour market demands and form part of ongoing reform of the skilled migration program," the spokesperson said.

"Sponsors must also demonstrate they have a genuine need for the workers and that the skills required cannot be found in their region."

But the new Expression of Interest system is not the only change affecting skilled migrants planning to come to Australia to work.

Individuals who are working in Australia under the 457 visa program - a temporary, employer-sponsored visa that allows individuals to work for a particular employer in a specific profession for a period of up to four years - may also benefit from new changes that may streamline their pathway to permanent residency if they are keen on long-term settlement.

The September 5 event will allow employers and employees to schedule brief appointments with a departmental officer, who can help to answer their queries about the new changes to the skilled migration system.

Anyone who is considering applying for a permanent or temporary work visa for Australia may wish to consult with a skilled migration lawyer for advice and support - particularly in light of the new changes.

An immigration lawyer can not only help to prepare an application, but also provide you with valuable support through every stage of the process.