The Australia’s newly appointed immigration minister David Coleman is revamping regional visas in order to bring in more migrants.
“That’s something I’m looking at very closely at the moment,” said Mr Coleman to SBS Punjabi.
He further added, “There are a number of different regional visa classes at the moment and one of the things I'm assessing is the effectiveness of each of those programs and potential ways of improving those.”
There are many visas available for the skilled migrants in rural and regional Australia to fill the skill shortage of Australia.
Many Australian regions like Warrnambool in Victoria, Goldfields region of Western Australia and entire state of South Australia are inviting thousands of migrants to come and settle in the regional areas of Australia. The minister further added, “We have quite a few regional gaps in employment right now.”
The recent figures compiled by the Department of Home Affairs, has awarded 10, 918 places under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme in the 2016-17 financial year.
The regional visas form only 10 percent of the permanent migration visas; the number tally is 1,670 skilled regional visas.
Immigration has been economic contributor to the Australian continent and has been the driving source of success for the country.
“The history of our nation is one of immigration because, apart from Indigenous Australians, we're all immigrants” said immigration Minister.
The total Australian population constitutes forty four percent of the immigration born overseas, with Indians being second largest migrant group.
The Australian minister is focusing on tightening the English language rules, the more you speak English, the better you can contribute to the Australian life.
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