Australian visas to be fast tracked for United States tradesmen

The Australian govt has announced plans to fast-track the assessment process for skilled United States workers wishing to migrate to Australia.

Under the agreement, US tradespeople will able to complete a skills assessment before coming to Australia. This should mean faster faster processing times for 457 (Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship) visa applicants and better job security for US workers wanting to come to Oz.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says it is important for Australia to attract workers with the right skills.

“There are economies and countries around the world which are facing very difficult and different circumstances to ours,” he said.

“What’s appropriate is that we work together with those countries to ensure that skilled workers who are looking for work have the capacity to fill some of those gaps we are facing in Australia.”

The changes are designed to deal with the skills shortage in the construction and resources industries.

Federal Minister for Skills Chris Evans says there are many tradespeople in the US who are prepared to come to Australia but are being turned off by some of the requirements.

“Currently they would have to come to Australia not sure if they would get that licence and it may take some months to get that licence awarded to them,” he said.

“So these changes will allow for recognition in the United States, which will provide confidence for the worker and the employer that they’ll be able to bring them in temporarily for employment.


Category: Australian Visas
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