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Duttagupta, ET Bureau: NEW DELHI: Come July 1, 2011 and the
immigration rules of Australia, one of the favourite destinations
for skilled Indians, are set to change in a big way.
Under the new system, which is being partly introduced from July 1,
2011 and to a larger extent a year from now, Australia is revamping
its skilled migration programme through the introduction of a new
skilled occupation list and a new points test, which is the
foundation of skilled immigration to the country.
"From July 1, 2011, the points test will be changed considerably. We
are raising the age limit for unsponsored applicants from 45 to 50
if they have the required qualifications and experience to apply
under the relevant category," Peter Speldewinde, assistant
secretary, labour market branch, Australian department of
immigration and citizenship, announced in Delhi.
Further, while calculating points for skilled immigration, the
Australian government will now recognise degrees from reputed
colleges and universities outside Australia, which will help Indian
applications in a big way. Overseas work experience will also be
recognised in calculating points. From July 1, 2012, Australia will
introduce far bigger changes to its skilled migration programme.
In a system that is already being followed by the New Zealand
immigration authorities, Australia will introduce an online
self-assessment followed by an expression of interest by the
applicants. "The information will go into a centralised registry
system from which the applicants will be invited as and when the
requirement comes up for their skillsets," Speldewinde said.
The new migration programme is largely aimed at skilled immigrants
and will help the country in filling critical skills needs. In
2011-12, the Australian government has pegged its net overseas
migration numbers at 170,000 to 180,000 over the next few years.
About two-thirds of the numbers will be for skilled migrants to help
fill critical needs, particularly in regional areas.
The skill stream intake is pegged at 125,850 with 16000 places
allocated to the regional sponsored migration scheme. Another
category, the temporary residence subclass 457 programme – the main
vehicle providing quick and flexible short-term responses to
immediate skills shortages, is also being changed.
"Under this category, the Australian government will negotiate new
enterprise migration agreements with large employers in the growing
resources sector. The agreements will help them access temporary
skilled overseas labour that cannot be found locally and the numbers
will be based on projects and the umbrella agreements and the visas
will be strictly on a temporary basis," Speldewinde said.
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