Skilled migration: Key to a future in Australia

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The Australian government uses skilled migration to address skills shortages in various industries. Due to its immense benefit to the country’s economy and society, the present Abbott administration has placed this skilled worker program on top priority, allotting 190,000 places for the 2013-2014 migration program to accommodate skilled migrants and people who want to reunite with their families.

The details below discuss how this skilled migration can be the key for migrants to have a great future in Australia.

Skilled Worker Programme: A key for your future in Australia
The Minister’s pledge

Minister Scott Morrison of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection believes that the country’s immigration heritage is a positive indicator of the government’s continuous use of the skilled migration program. In his opening address at the Migration Institute of Australia 2013 Conference in Canberra, Minister Morrison said that the department will avoid drastic rule changes to eliminate uncertainty among visa holders and employers.

“That uncertainty discourages foreign investors, skilled workers and students from making the decision to work or study or invest in Australia,” stated the minister. He added that it is highly important to maintain the integrity of the country’s immigration policies and the capacity of the system to ensure compliance.

Migrants will remain an integral part of Australian society, according to Minister Morrison, since the country’s success as an immigration nation has been partly due to the economic contributions of migrants at all levels. “We want to bring people to Australia who add value and make a contribution to society. . . . This program will continue to be the key driver of our immigration future,” explained the minister.

Despite the present administration’s certain utilisation of skilled immigration Australia to drive economic growth, Minister Morrison pointed out that this program’s role is mainly economic and not social. Specifically referring to the permanent employer sponsored program, he said that it ensures that Australian businesses can fill genuine vacancies with skilled workers.

Benefits to skilled migrants

The Australian government has designated 128,550 places for skilled migrants in its 2013-2014 migration program. Although trimmed by 700 places from the previous year, this number still means that thousands of skilled foreigners will be able to enter the country as workers and contribute to the growth of the workforce.

Working in Australia opens not only opportunities for a well-paid career, but also pathways to permanent residency. Although not all skilled visas are permanent, some temporary skill-based visas allow holders to apply for permanent residency if conditions have been met. Employer-sponsored visas that allow work also carry employer-specific restrictions.

Benefits to employers

Employers also enjoy the advantages of the country’s skilled migration program. Aside from being able to access skills needed for their business, they are also able to reap benefits that come over time from hiring foreign migrants: gaining new business perspectives; being more creative and innovative; expanding into new markets; acquiring cultural diversity that assists in addressing the needs of a diverse customer base. Migrants are noted to be resilient, enthusiastic, and capable of adapting to circumstances—three qualities that make them invaluable to the growing Australian workforce.

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