Changes to Australian skilled work visa requirements announced - Global Visas

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A fast-track system to help temporary skilled visa holders move into permanent skilled work visa territory more easily - Global Visas

The Australian immigration department has introduced some changes that should help more people work in Australia. This decision, Global Visas announce is responsive to the calls of the mining company, Rio Tinto’s boss, for a more flexible Australian work visa system.

Interestingly, several changes to accommodate this have been introduced. This includes a fast-track system to help temporary skilled visa holders move into permanent skilled work visa territory more easily. Some applicants will also be able to bypass the language test, while applicants up to the age of 50 will also now be considered for skilled work visas.

The changes follow a speech from Rio Tinto Australia chief executive, Sam Walsh, who identified the shortage of skilled foreign workers as the main challenge the firm faces in its plan to expand in the country.

Speaking about the challenge, Walsh had offered that, "An efficient and flexible skilled migration program is one solution. But more broadly we need to ensure we're an attractive proposition for job seekers."

Global Visas report that the planned immigration policy changes, which also include the replacement of the current six types of work visas with just two, are expected to come into force from July this year.

Mr Walsh claimed that the natural resources industry in West Australia alone would need to take on a further 30,000 workers over the coming two years.

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