Using skilled migrants the topic of conversation at seminar

EMPLOYER-sponsored skilled migration options will be a major topic topic of conversation when immigration outreach officers visit Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

The officers will be conducting an information seminar at C.ex Coffs where the subject of new laws and penalties for employing or referring people who are not allowed to work will also be covered.

Immigration officers will also be available for individual appointments with employers and employees to answer questions about skilled migration.

A spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said significant changes to the employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced on 1 July 2012.

"These seminars will provide an overview of those changes for mid North Coast communities, including information about the SkillSelect program," the spokesman said.

"SkillSelect is an online service that connects Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlines the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visas.

"Our officers provide a range of information about temporary or permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the concessions available for regional applicants."

The seminar will also educate businesses about their responsibility for checking to ensure that the workers they employ are allowed to work in Australia.s and infringement notices for employers or labour suppliers of illegal workers.

Coffs Harbour Immigration Seminar

  • Date: Thursday, May 16
  • Time: Information session 2.30-4.30pm and individual appointments 4.30-5.30pm
  • Address: C.ex Coffs (the Blue Room)


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