5,000 new Australia visa places for skilled migrants - Australian Visa Bureau

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The 2012-13 Australian federal budget will include a targeted increase of 5,000 visa places in order to allow Australia to address several skills shortages which have emerged due to the continuing boom in the mining and construction industries. The Australian Visa Bureau is on hand to advise any potential migrants how to secure an Australia visa and start a new life Down Under.

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5,000 new Australia visa places have been added for 2012/13.

The expansion of the program allows even more people the opoprtunity to help advance and benefit from Australia's continuing prosperity.

The rapidly expanding mining and constructions industries have contributed to the addition of 5,000 new Australia visa places for skilled workers, but these sectors are far from the only ones that need new workers. The demand for many other professions is growing but nursing, ICT and accountancy professionals in particular are continuing to see strong demand for their skills.

Speaking on the increase in the number of Australian immigration places, Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Brown, said: "The measured increase of 5,000 places, from 185,000 to 190,000, comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy."

Mr Bowen explained that as many as 16,000 places within the migration program will be specifically allocated to the regional sponsored migration scheme for skilled workers to ensure that gaps in specific areas, such as Western Australia, are addressed.

Overseas workers who are entering the country specifically to work in shortage industries will be eligible under the new program to have their Australia visa application fast tracked in a high processing priority group.

Speaking on the increase in visa places, Leonie Cotton, Casework Department Manager of the Australian Visa Bureau said: "We are pleased at the intentions outlined in Australia’s budget; expanding the skilled migration program while raising the threshold reaffirm Australia’s commitment to welcoming more skilled workers to the country and encouraging them to settle in Australia.

"With the expanding industries creating well paid positions combined with the resultant gaps left in other industries, the expansion of the program allows even more people the opoprtunity to help advance and benefit from Australia's continuing prosperity."

Anyone wishing to apply to emigrate to Australia should complete an online Australian visa application to begin the process. The online assessment will give you an immediate understanding of whether you meet the basic requirements for an Australian visa, and successfully passing this first stage will also entitle you to a free consultation with a migration consutlant.

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