Increase in the number of work visas in Australia
THE number of visitors to Australia with work rights continues to soar, despite the nation's worsening job outlook.
New Immigration Department data show that the number of New Zealanders on special visas has risen to 625,000 while there has been a 10 per cent jump in young foreigners on working holidays to almost 180,000, as of December 31 last year.
With the nation's unemployment rate climbing towards 6 per cent, there was a 7.6 per cent spike in numbers for the controversial 457 skilled visa to 170,000.
Student visa numbers rose by 6.4 per cent to 257,000 while there was a 6 per cent jump in the total number of temporary entrants in Australia to 1.82 million, according to the report Temporary Entrants and New Zealand Citizens in Australia.
It revealed that the working holiday program was dominated by youth from the UK, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany and France.
The number one country for the 457 visa was the UK, followed by India, Ireland, Philippines and the US.
Victorian federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has criticised the open-ended migration of NZ citizens and aspects of skilled migration, claiming local jobs are under threat.
Mr Thomson recently formed the grassroots lobby group Victoria First, which wants immigration slashed to improve liveability and protect the environment.
FEBRUARY 03, 2014
Short time visa processing for migrants to Regional Queensland
Immigrants and refugees who agree to settle in regional Queensland could have their visa application fast-tracked, according to a proposal by the Queensland government's premier Campbell Newman.
The premier has discussed with the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison about a plan with several strategies to fast-track Australia visa applications in return for driving growth outside Queensland's booming south east to alleviate pressure.
About 100,000 overseas migrants come to live in Queensland each year. Currently about 65 percent of the state's population live in the southeast, taking in Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine coasts. By introducing the proposal, the Newman government is aiming to have half the state's population living outside the southeast by 2043.
The population of Queensland is expected to double up to about eight million in the next 30 years. According to the premier, it is a no brainer to look to the regions to accommodate that growth.
The governments would work with councils to influence where immigrants and refugees go. The proposal is expected to increase Queensland's migration intake.
Changes to the Silver Fern Job Search policy
A new process for the Silver Fern Job Search visas in 2014 would be introduced. There is no change to the number of places available or visa requirements for those interested in applying for a Silver Fern Job Search visa. The change is about managing the high volume of applications we receive and improving IT system performance.
We are currently exploring what the new process might look like before the Silver Fern Job Search policy is scheduled to open in 2014.
The Silver Fern policies were implemented in 2010 with the aim of bringing young, skilled people into New Zealand. The Silver Fern Job Search visa provides for a nine-month stay to allow holders to search for skilled work in New Zealand. If people find skilled work, they can then apply for the two-year Silver Fern Practical Experience visa, which is a springboard for applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.
Only 300 people worldwide can be granted a Silver Fern Job Search visa each year, and since 2010 places have been secured on a first come first served basis, through an online application. The policy has been extremely popular with demand significantly increasing every year. In previous years, the places are usually taken within minutes of the online application system being available to customers.
ACS assessment changes
ACS is making life even harder for IT students seeking permanent residency in Australia
Australian Computer Society (ACS) admits 1 year work experience requirement is being considered as a compulsory requirement for international students in Australia before they can apply for permanent residency.
Disaster Looms for International IT Students
The Australian Computer Society's Professional Assessment Manager, Berny Martinez, confirmed today that a 1 year work experience employment option after an Australian Bachelor IT degree is being considered as a requirement for international students to obtain the skill assessment for permanent residency.
It is also confirmed that the ACS is now moving to use a 2 stage assessment process, one being for the Temporary Graduate - 485 skills assessment and the next being a Graduate Assessment - for permanent residency. This will effectively dash the hopes of thousands if international students study IT in Australia.
In an email to IMMIGRATION NEWS, Mr. Martinez stated "Currently, our Graduate result letters do not specify it is a Temporary Graduate - 485 skills assessment. This is a straight forward change to ensure applicants are submitting the correct skills assessment to DIBP."
"The change will involve a name change of the application type and a statement in the ACS result letter outlining it is a Temporary Graduate - 485 skills assessment. The criteria will remain the same."
New rules on Australian Refugee Visas
Some more bad news for asylum seekers who have come by boat
TEMPORARY PROTECTION VISA NOW IN EFFECT
On 18 October 2013, Scott Morrison, the Minister for Immigration& Border Protection, issued a Ministerial Direction to officially re-instate Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs).
The reintroduction of TPVs was an election undertaking by the Coalition prior to the election as part of the suite of changes to ‘take sugar off the table’ for irregular maritime arrivals (IMAs).
The visa, to be issued to IMAs, will be formally known as Class XA Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection) visa.
Permanent Protection Visas (PPVs) remain in place. These subclass 866 visas remain available to any applicant who arrived in Australia with a visa that was in effect on the applicant’s last entry into Australia.
So if agents have an Iranian student visa holders or a Vietnamese tourist claiming protection, PPVs will continue to be an accessible option if they are at risk of significant and foreseeable harm in their country of origin.
The same assessment process against Australia’s international obligations under the UN Convention for Refugees and the Migration Act’s complementary provisions will apply both PPV and TPV applicants.
TPVs will be issued for 36 months and applicants and will be reapply to apply afterwards.
Harshly while on a TPV, visa holders will be denied permanent residency, the right to apply for citizenship or access to family reunion. TPV holder will also be barred from returning to Australia should he or she chose to leave.
This lack of pathways towards permanent residency continues to attract the harsh criticism from refugee advocates groups.
However, TPV holders conditions will include a temporary Medicare Card and may included work rights with geographic restrictions.
A new condition for TPV holders under Schedule 8 of the Migration Regulations 1994 has also been introduced:
8565 The holder must notify Immigration of any change in the holder’s residential address within 14 days after the change occurs.
A number of details about TPVs required further announcements. These include information about accessing income support, settlement services, education and the future of the Refugee Review Tribunal.