Skilled migrants welcome in Australia - Immigration specialist
“The Australian Government gives priority to state and employer
sponsored applications when processing applications for permanent
residency (PR)”, said immigration specialist and lawyer, Susantha
Migration is a much debated topic at election meetings, due to boat
loads of people arriving in Australia seeking asylum.
The public and the Australian government is of the view that
political asylum is not needed for people from Sri Lanka since the
conflict is over, peace has dawned and minorities not discriminated.
Katugampala said that the arrival of boat people has interrupted the
normal procedure of work as most asylum seekers don’t qualify for PR.
There is high demand for engineers, accountants, IT professionals, as
well as professionals in the fields of Medicines, science and research.
He said that the skilled occupation list was reduced from 440 to 196
In the category of state sponsored skilled migration there are 490
occupations listed and people qualifying under this category can apply
for PR with a lesser number of points.
The Australian chamber of commerce promotes skilled migration and
Governor Reserve Bank of Australia Glenn Stevens said that Australia
survived the global economic crisis due to the effective policies in
skilled migration since with new migrants comes new buying power.
Katugampala said that Australia survived the global economic crisis as
it always took precautions.
He said that with the labour party coming to power in 2007
immigration policies were tightened. The situation became worse due to
the global financial crisis.
In January 2009 the Australian government reduced and freezed
immigration applications and in March last year they started priority
processing of applications for jobs in demand.
Last month the government decided to seize and cap about 14,000
immigrant applications lodged prior to September 2007.