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Queensland is now opened for Overseas Regional Migration Program

Tue, Sep 24 2019

Queensland is now opened for Overseas Regional Migration Program

Queensland is now opened up for skilled and semi-skilled overseas skilled workers for migration to regional Queensland under 70 occupations.

The FNQ DAMA (Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement) is being effective from 12th Septemeber 2019 which will run for 5 years. The employers can now sponsor overseas skilled workers in designated areas of Australia including

1. Tablelands
2. Douglas Shire
3. Cairns
4. Cassowary Coast
5. Mareeba

Around 200 vacant seats to be filled in the first year with an occupation like cooks, childcare workers, mechanics, and farm inspectors. Employers can sponsor foreign workers for the subclass 482 Temporary skill shortage visa. however, the foreign workers cannot directly, the employers have to first approve by the designated area's representative (DAR). Only then can they submit a DAMA Labor agreement request with the Dept of Home Affairs.

An applicant can not directly apply for a visa under the DAMA they must fulfill the requirements

1. He/She must be sponsored by an employer from a designated area in Australia
2. He/She must be sponsored in an occupation which is listed on the head agreement

Apply for Designated Areas of Australia

There are 7 DAMAs currently in effect in Australia. The places include

1. Northern Territory
2. Adelaide City
3. Great South Coast in Victoria
4. Orana in New South Wales
5. Regional South Australia
6. The Goldfields in Western Australia
7. Far North Queensland

The Australian immigration minister David Coleman stated that the FNQ DAMA provides a tailormade solution to skill shortage and 60,000 jobs cannot be fulfilled locally.

The new DAMA will help several industries like agriculture, tourism, health, shipping, and hospitality. It will also help drive economic growth in the regional areas, as quoted by SBS News.

The eligible applicants may apply for an Australian Permanent Residency visa after completing 3 years of stay in regional Australia.

To know more about the latest Australian immigration news and updates. Get in touch with the team of Australian immigration experts at Aptech Global.

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