DIAC has series of meeting this month for visa holders and employers

by Ray Clancy on November 10, 2011

in Australia Immigration

DIAC to hold events to discuss skilled migration visa and immigration system

Immigrants who have recently arrived in Australia and employers can find out more about skilled worker visas at the latest series of Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) outreach programmes this month.

There are planned events throughout November in the New England and Queensland region to discuss immigration issues and explain the skilled migration visa and immigration system to employers and 457 visa holders.

‘People in regional communities have a wide variety of immigration questions, ranging from the skilled migration programme, which helps small business owners who can’t find experienced local staff, to issues for overseas students or people who want to enquire about sponsorship of family members,’ a spokesman said.

‘These information sessions attract a range of people, from community groups and small business owners to students and individuals, who might want specific information or just someone to talk them through a complex matter,’ the spokesman explained.

‘While the department has a great deal of information available over the phone or on the internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes, or they may prefer to speak to officers face to face, and these visits meet those needs,’ he added.

The events will also cover employer sponsored visa options for skilled workers, including the regional sponsored migration scheme and provide updates on recent changes to the skilled migration programme.

The meetings are also useful for foreigners who are considering becoming Australian citizens.

‘The department particularly wants to encourage people who have been residents of Australia for a long time to consider taking the final step in their immigration journey by becoming an Australian citizen,’ the spokesman added.

Appointments can be made with Immigration officials in New England from 15 November to 18 November. Formal community meetings are planned in Gladstone for 16 November and 17 November and Rockhampton for 14 November and 15 November.

Officials will be in Karratha from November 16 to 18 and in Albany, Dunsborough, Busselton and Bunbury from November 15 to 18.

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