I’ve been all over the Internet, browsing through a number of articles on the UK and Australian news sites regarding the fact that Australia might no longer need skilled professionals. The Age and BBC both issued articles, revealing the main concerns and motives behind the decision to cutback skilled migration visas by 15%.
Long story short – skilled individuals in construction such as bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters are no longer required, but Australia still needs doctors, nurses, engineers and IT specialists. It is all done with the sole purpose of assuring more Australians are able to find decent employment or any employment for that matter. Immigration Minister Chris Evans added:
“The Government will remove occupations from the list if demand for those skills can be satisfied by local labour.”
Senator Evans stated that Australia will be maintaining its skilled migration program, however, it has to be better targeted so that migrant workers are meeting skills shortages and not competing with locals for jobs.
Obtaining Australian Skilled Migration Visa is not an easy task and it requires a considerable amount of time to prepare. If your occupation is in the critical skills list, you might want to fill an application form. Australia is one of the countries making more effort in fighting the crisis and is most likely to overcome the financial downfall sooner.