Australian immigration to host skilled migration seminars

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Australian Immigration officers will be visiting several cities around the country in the next few weeks to discuss the upcoming changes to the skilled migration program and implementation of SkillSelect.

Immigration officers will be visiting the following Australian cities:
  • Swan Hill, Victoria on 18 June
  • Horsham, Victoria on 19 June
  • Innisfail, Queensland on 26 June
  • Tully, Queensland on 27 June
  • Mareeba, Queensland on 28 June
From 1 July 2012 changes will include a new online service connecting Australian employers with potential skilled migrants. Additionally, the employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) will be integrated with the new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect.

"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," they added.

"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.

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