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Migration Reboot in Australia Despite Border Restrictions Until 17 December 2021

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Earlier in the month of September, the Australian Government had extended its current border restrictions until 17 December 2021. 

Those without citizenship or permanent residency remain barred from entering Australia unless they had a specific exemption from the Australian Border Force. Interestingly, this restriction also serves as a de facto ban on leaving the country for long-term residents of Australia on temporary visas as they have no right to return.

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However, as Australia prepares to reopen its international borders next month, and with temporary migration likely to resume in the near future, let’s look into your best options of migration to Australia for work or study. 

Australia Plans Migration Reboot to Address Worker Shortages

In October, business groups in Australia had strongly demanded doubling the number of intakes to 200,000 a year under the Australia Skilled Migration Program. Endorsed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it will lead to avoiding labour shortages and expertise, useful for reviving the economy. 

“From construction workers to chefs, engineers to educators, and mechanics to managers, approximately one in three skilled occupations could be facing shortages if we don’t shift the dial on migration soon,” wrote Mr. Andrew McKellar, the chamber’s chief executive in the Australian Financial Review. 

Infrastructure Australia, a government advisory body, has predicted a shortage of 105,000 workers by mid-2023. This is figure is crucial to ensuring Australia achieves its big-spending infrastructure building projects.

Officials in New South Wales have reportedly advised the Premier that Australia should bring in two million people over the next five years to strengthen the economy.

International students will be allowed to enter Australia in a phased and restricted manner. Discover exciting study abroad options by contacting our expert overseas education counselor today. 

South Australia Immigration: New Engineering Occupations Open to Offshore Applicants

South Australia covers some of the aridest parts of the continent. The state’s capital is Adelaide and is the most populated region as well as concentrated with high-skilled immigrants and foreign business investors.

In an effort to support temporary immigration to Australia. an additional 70 skilled occupations are already open to applicants currently residing offshore from Tuesday 28 September 2021. An additional 24 Engineering occupations were made open to applicants currently residing offshore from November 02. 

The minimum requirements for state nomination for these occupations include:

  • Minimum eight years work experience in the nominated or closely related occupation.
  • Demonstration of a Superior English proficiency. 
  • At least 85 points for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) in the Department of Home Affairs points test.

Choosing Canada over Australia for Immigration 

About 4% of the population in Australia, say about a million, were temporary visa holders in 2019. Many were students that took part-time jobs, providing shops and businesses with a large supply of cheap labour. In 2019, Australia capped the number of permanent visas at 160,000, meaning only a fraction of them would be able to become permanent residents.

Border closures had forced Australia from filling its land with immigrants to asking a million of them to leave. Even Canada’s population growth was slashed to the slowest pace in more than a century, but as restrictions eased the nation in July welcomed the largest number of newcomers since at least 2015, and repeated the same feature in September

The government is aiming to add more than 400,000 new permanent residents each year by 2023. 

An immigration couple like Percsy and Agh, as reported in Bloomberg would once have been prime migrants for Australia. But as the couple studied to get the qualification and points to qualify for permanent residency, the goalposts shifted again, due to pandemic. Eventually, the couple realized they would never reach the new level, caught in a policy shift that saw the intake of skilled independent workers slashed to 6,500 people, from 46,000. They finally gave up hope and are moving to Canada, which offered them a permanent visa.

Like Australia, Canada also relies on large numbers of immigrants and foreign students, and workers on temporary visas for the growth of its economy and society. But in contrast with Australia, Canada continued to persuade tens of thousands of those temporary foreign workers to get permanent resident status even during the pandemic. 

Further, Canada plans to only increase foreign immigration once the pandemic recedes substantially.

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