When it comes to employment it seems that no country is immune from the credit crunch. It is now starting to impact on job opportunities in Australia, forcing the government there to implement measures to ensure that the skilled migrant programme targets shortages in different states. Just last month construction trades were removed from the Australian critical shortage list.
However, while this reduction does not affect the eligibility of individuals to apply, it may extend the processing times, so the sooner applications are lodged, the better. There are other options for construction trade workers who wish to be prioritised for immigration, including sponsorship by eligible family members or a state or territory government. Edwina Shanahan, of immigration specialist Visafirst.com, which can offer advice on all immigration options, said: “State sponsorship ensures that your trade is in shortage in that state and that there will be work on arrival which is good news for both the state and the applicant.”