Migration Expert On Queensland's Call to Scrap Age-Based Restrictions on Visas

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Migration Expert Australia has commented on Queensland Minister for Tourism, Regional Development & Industry, Desley Boyle's request to Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans about considering removing age restrictions on Working Holiday Visas to Australia. Migration Expert recognises the need to allow more people to contribute to the Australian economy by way of a temporary work visa which is not skilled based or age limited.

In light of the request from Queensland Minister for Tourism, Regional Development & Industry, Desley Boyle, to Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans to consider removing age restrictions on working-holiday visas to Australia, Migration Expert, a leading Australian Migration Agency, has commented that it recognises the need to allow more people to contribute by way of a temporary work visa which is not skilled based or age limited.

Currently the Australian Working Holiday Visa is restricted to people between the ages of 18 - 30 years. Ms. Boyle suggests that they should be made available to people who are up to 50 years old and older.

"More often we're getting calls from clients who are looking to visit Australia and work for a period of up to a year, but who have just missed the age cut-off," says Aaron Williams, Client Services Representative at Migration Expert Australia. "The next step up is a temporary work visa which doesn't necessarily cater to what they're looking for."

In the last few years, more and more people have been drawn to taking a career break by travelling to foreign countries and working there. The age of those drawn to this type of adventure has soared, and it doesn't seem to be a trend that is about to wither away.

"Most of these people have missed the boat when they were between the ages of 18-30, yet, now that they're old enough to back themselves, they just want to test the water and stay in Australia for a short time, rather than take the plunge and commit themselves to applying for residency," explains Aaron about the calls he gets on a daily basis.

"There is a great demand for people who are outside the 18-30 age bracket and who do not form part of the reciprocal Working Holiday Visa arrangement, who are be able to contribute to the Australian economy by way of a 'Temporary' Work Visa which is not reliant on sponsorship from an Australian employer," says Grace Floramo, Senior Migration Consultant and Manager for Migration Services for Australia at Migration Expert.

Australia is experiencing great worker shortages, and businesses are seeking more skilled workers. Currently, the need for about 240,000 tradesmen is making headlines, as well as great shortages in para-professionals and professionals, such as engineers, scientists, mathematicians and environmental specialists.

It is widely believed that more experienced, older people have proved to be much more reliable and self-disciplined than their younger counterparts.

"The current strong economic climate presents genuine opportunities for overseas skilled workers to experience excellent work conditions in return for access to the Australian lifestyle," says Grace.

Experts believe that the Australian economy could benefit greatly from getting more skilled workers into the country, as businesses would gain new expertise and build new bridges.

A recent report, called "The Population Flows - Immigration Aspects" released by the Immigration Department has confirmed that record numbers of skilled workers migrating to Australia have accounted for half of the country's latest population growth, and that they're vital to Australia's economy.

Established in 2002 and with offices in Australia, Canada, the UK and Sri Lanka, Migration Expert is a global leader in online immigration services. The company's sole purpose is to help people achieve their migration goals with ease. For more information, please visit http://www.migrationexpert.com.

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