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simplifi cation – of a system that is already struggling to alleviate the the English language. Employers shortages, but there were other changes, too, that may offer some small will be able to then contact hope; for example, to the employer-sponsored temporary 457 visas such applicants to discuss sponsorship that applicants would not have to redo tests to assess their trade or skills and employment. Employers can (including their abilities with English) to become permanent residents, Jonathan Casson is the do this by submitting a contact along with a lift of the upper age limit for permanent applications to 50. Chairman of partners at request to the skilled worker with The changes become law, after July 1, and many (Neil Perry included) are Holman Webb, with more the employer’s contact details. claiming they will do nothing to address the problem of skill shortages for than 25 years experience Employment opportunities can restaurateurs because exemptions from English language requirements will as a transactional lawyer, then be discussed when the be limited to those nominated in an occupation the Minister for Immigration he advises both private and applicant makes contact. If you run and Citizenship considers is exempt, and the only example the Government public sector clients across into any diffi culties, it’s probably has provided, so far, of what this may mean is, ‘Ministers of Religion’. a wide range of industries. best to get some legal advice. Those pushing for change argue that the high unemployment rates in His areas of speciality Employers are still able to Europe, at present, make opportunities to emigrate to Australia even more include: migration law, identify their own applicants tempting, but for the English language problems. As Neil Perry decried trade practices, structuring through whichever selection to his Twitter followers some time back, ‘We can’t get enough people business activities, advising processes they prefer to utilise to work now, and they have a ridiculous immigration policy. Crazy’. on corporate constitutional and will still be able to sponsor the Statistics from the Australian Bureau show us that, despite and strategic issues, applicant. The government hopes, signifi cant declines in some parts of the economy because of commercial contracts and through this process, to reduce the high value of the Australian dollar, demand for workers has terms of trade, particularly recruitment costs and better continued, after the drop that followed the global fi nancial crisis in the manufacturing and target the application of skilled of 2008. Net permanent settler arrivals increased from 100, 000 wholesale sectors. workers to regions in Australia. in 2004 -05 to a peak of 140,000 when the crisis struck, but this The downside, however, is that, fi gure has continued to lift, since then, from a fall to 120,000. as expressions of interest are not Along with increases in rent and power bills, the high cost of skilled visa applications, which are subject employees is only adding to the struggle many in the industry have to a review process normally to keep their business afl oat. One of the less publicised changes to used by eligible persons whose the program, however, which may prove useful to employers, and visa application has been refused prospective employees seeking to emigrate, is the implementation or cancelled, they cannot be of a system of application known as an ‘expression of interest’, submitted to the Migration Review which introduces a signifi cant change to the application process. Tribunal, if they are declined. Migration to Australia, as a skilled worker will, from 1 July 2012, The right people for the jobs require that applications be fi rst submitted as an Expression of Interest are out there, and, as we all know, (EOI) that details the applicant’s skills and experience, along with any they are key to a successful interest in employer sponsorship, and regions in Australia where the enterprise. The trick is locating applicant is willing to live and work. Australian employers are able them, and keeping them, and, to locate and nominate applicants for skilled visas on a government while the government’s changes website that holds details of applications. The website (http://www. aren’t much, the question to immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/) is to be up and running on 1 July 2012 answer is what you can do with and employers wishing to use the site will need an AUSKey to do so. the little that has been provided. When it is up and running, employers can search the website using a range of criteria that includes occupation, qualifi cations and ability at using drinks trade 101


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