Australian Migrant numbers cut as job fears rise

An article on General Skilled Migration

Below is an article in a publication called Australian Outlook in which an Australian migration agent writes on skilled migration.

TIME TO PLAN FOR BIG MOVE

THE most important message for those interested in migrating to Australia is that the door is still open. Over the last few months we have seen the migration programme change in respect to size, and those occupations that were in high demand.

The changes have been in response to the global economic crisis, which is having an effect on employment levels in some sectors more than others. However, it is apparent that Australia has not been as badly affected as the UK and other European countries.

The major changes to the migration programme have been to the skilled programme, which includes the business visa categories (not business skills visas) for which processing has been suspended until the next programme year in July 2009. The skilled stream has seen a cut in the intake for the programme year and a change to the processing priorities.

To put these changes into simple language it means that unless you have an occupation on a State/Territory sponsored list or the Critical Skill Shortage List, you can expect a processing period of up to three years from beginning the visa process. This is more like the time that was taken five or six years ago.

All of the states and territories are presently reviewing their sponsorship lists on a frequent basis to ensure that they reflect the shortage of skills in their jurisdiction. Along with the occupations on these lists, those on the Critical Skills Shortage List will receive processing within 12 months under the present priorities set down by the Minister.

This list has recently seen a large number of trade occupations removed as a result of the downturn in the resources sector and the housing industry, however recent reports indicate an upturn in housing demand in the last quarter.

Whilst the delay in processing will be of concern to those who have lodged their application based on previous processing times, it could help those looking at migrating in the future as it will allow more time to sell homes and finalise other commitments.

The other advantage of the present economic climate is the lower cost of airfares, which will allow prospective migrants to visit the state or territory they are interested in before making a decision. It is also a great time for those under 31 to look at the Working Holiday Visa with the international and domestic air fares at extremely low rates.

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Come 1 July 2009, the new financial year for Australia, the numbers of skilled migrants will be likely to be cut further for the year 2009/2010.
The cut in skilled migration will not affect the numbers for Business and Family migration.

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LATEST NEW ON AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION

Skilled migration cut…again
8 May 2009.

THE Rudd Government will slash the skilled migration intake for a second time in as many months in a clear signal it expects the jobless rate to keep rising.

Next week’s federal budget will cut the general skilled migration intake for next financial year by about 7000 people to 108,000.

Added to the decision in March to axe 18,500 places, the total reduction of 25,500 will constitute a 20 per cent cut to the program.

The cuts, the deepest since the previous recession, will proceed despite figures this week showing the unemployment rate fell from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent last month, which translated to an increase of 27,000 jobs.

The Government believes this is an aberration and the budget will forecast an unemployment rate of well above 8 per cent for next financial year, prompting the cut to the migrant intake.

The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, would not speculate on the cuts but said a recent run of positive data - the unemployment figures, strong retail trade figures and rising commodity prices - should not be interpreted as the start of a recovery.

“The process of deleveraging has still got some way to go; the outlook is uncertain,” he said.

"It is good that there is some kind of confidence emerging in some markets, it’s good that there are signs of stimulus working in China. But, as we emerge from this, we will be emerging in a completely different environment than we had for the previous half-a-dozen years globally.

"It was only in the middle of last year that we had the highest world growth in 30 years.

“We’re not going back to [that] so, as the global economy recovers, the growth trajectory will be somewhat slower than anything that’s been necessarily seen for some time.”