Australia will accelerate the visa process for skilled migrants willing to live in regional Australia. The announcement was made by David Coleman, Immigration Minister, as part of a $19.4 million plan. Visas sponsored by employers in regional Australia will be prioritized as part of this plan.
The amount will be utilized over a period of 4 years. The Dept. of Home Affairs will travel to regional areas in Australia to try and help businesses hire more skilled workers. The $19.4 million plan will also put into place agreements which will help locals hire more foreign workers.
Mr Coleman said that officials from the Dept. of Home Affairs will meet up with regional employers. They will explore migration opportunities and also track local labour problems.
Scott Morrison, PM, has indicated that migrants may be asked to live in regional areas for 5 years before they get PR. He has also announced cuts to Australia’s immigration intake to ease congestion in major cities.
Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer, is of the opinion that migrants should be sent where the jobs are. There should be cooperation between the states and territories, as quoted by SBS News.
Mr Frydenberg also added that even though Australia’s immigration intake is capped at 190,000, it has only reached 160,000 in the past few years. However, he was not very forthcoming when questioned if the migration numbers should be lowered.
He went on to say that the migration numbers will be looked upon on a yearly basis. The numbers depend on the needs of the community. He also agreed that the pressure of population is causing congestion in major cities.
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