Skills shortages partly exacerbated by backlog of visas

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says there are “massive skills shortages in this country” which have been partly exacerbated by the backlog of visa applications. “Part of that is about the gutting of the public service and the failure to simply process people,” he said during a media conference on Thursday afternoon. “Whether it be for…

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Who are employers sponsoring from overseas?

The skills shortage in Australia has led to a surge in Temporary Skilled visa grants WHENEVER THERE ARE major skills shortages in Australia, we see increased use of the Temporary Employer Sponsored visa in particular — the former subclass 457 and now subclass 482. The number of such visa holders in Australia, both the primary…

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Clearing visa backlog is key to delivering workers

Clearing a backlog of visa applications is an urgent priority for the new Federal Government, and a direction has been issued for more staff to be deployed to process applications. Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Andrew Giles issued the direction, with officers previously focused on travel exemptions already redirected to visa processing. A surge…

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Australia outsourcing biometrics capture aspect of visa issuance

Australia is looking for private companies to handle the biometrics information collection component of its visa process as the number of applications has risen dramatically since the start of this year, according to The Canberra Times. The new process is expected to begin from March 2023. A tender was recently launched in this regard, the…

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