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Australia Introduces New Visa Agreements For Foreign Skilled Immigration

Fri, Mar 08 2019

Australia Introduces New Visa Agreements For Foreign Skilled Immigration

The new agreements will allow aged care providers to sponsor care members having appropriate skills from overseas while expanding the scope of work by sponsored religious workers and introducing a new occupation that religious institutions will be able to sponsor to work in Australia

The Australian Government has declared two new labour agreements that it claims will support the country’s multicultural communities.

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman revealed the labour agreements for the aged care sector and religious institutions on Thursday.

“Aged care providers have identified a need for bilingual care persons, as elderly people or those with dementia may revert to their native language or lose the ability to speak a second language,” Mr. Coleman said in a statement.

The Australian Government announced that under the new agreement, the aged care providers will be able to sponsor overseas workers for a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa or an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa provided that the employers can demonstrate that they are unable to meet the workers demand locally.

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The religious institutions are broadening the scope for sponsoring overseas workers by introducing a new occupation of Religious Assistant and expanding the scope of work for the existing occupation of Minister of Religion. The new agreement will allow the visa nominee the flexibility to work in any senior position.

The Australian immigration Minister said that there are 23,000 Ministers of Religion in Australia and he expects strong growth in the numbers of both the Ministers of religion and religious assistants in the next five years. He said the need arise due to many multicultural faith-based communities raised concerns about difficulties in sourcing workers for religious institutions. Thus, this new measure will help address Australia’s religious worker skill shortage.

The sponsoring employer must be a religious institution under the Migration Regulations and provide evidence of charitable status. However, the new arrangement does not change the existing requirements of age and salary concessions. The arrangement comes in effect on 11 March 2019 and will continue to provide a pathway to permanent residency.

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