Skilled migration seminar in Mareeba

Mareeba entranceImmigration outreach officers will visit Mareeba on June 28 to discuss upcoming significant reforms to the skilled migration program and to provide information on Australia’s seasonal worker program. The seasonal worker program supports low skilled seasonal work for horticulture and other selected sectors. The changes to the skilled migration program being introduced on July 1 include a new online service connecting Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlining of the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visas.

The employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) will be integrated with the new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect. The online SkillSelect system is a new expression of interest (EOI) approach to skilled migration, allowing skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI.

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

a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said.

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. This will give the government greater control and flexibility to adjust to changes in the economy. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have a genuine need for the workers and that the skills required cannot be found in their region.

From July 1, there will also be a fast-tracked pathway from the 457 visa to permanent residence under the employer-sponsored visa program, enabling skilled migrants to settle and work in regional and metropolitan Australia. The departmental officers visiting Mareeba will conduct a seminar and also be available for brief individual appointments with employers and employees to answer their questions about skilled migration.

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,

the spokesman said. The department’s regional visits program enables employers in communities outside capital cities to attend information sessions and to sit and talk directly with an immigration officer about specific issues they may face. The department will run a seminar on skilled migration visa options at the following location,

Date & Time:
Mareeba RSL Club
88 Byrnes Street
Mareeba
June 28 at 1.30pm

The DIAC team will also be available for individual appointments. If you wish attend the seminar or make an individual appointment, please email qld.outreach.team@immi.gov.au or telephone Cheryl Morton on 0427 600 430. Bookings for both the seminar and individual appointments are essential.

(Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Newsroom)