New South Wales adds new positions to state sponsored visas list

by Ray Clancy on October 19, 2011

in Australia Immigration

Wider range of occupations eligible for state sponsored visa

A number of new occupations eligible for state sponsored visas have been added to the list published as part of the State Migration Plan in New South Wales.

These are early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers, painting trades workers, construction project managers, university lecturers in nursing and a number of IT roles including chief information officer and systems administrator and financial roles including financial investment advisor.

NSW also offers migration sponsorship under the skilled regional 475 programme which targets skills shortages in regional and rural areas. The updated list also reveals that metallurgists and special class electricians are required in regional NSW. The government is currently inviting applications to settle in the state’s Northern Inland, Riverina, Orana and Murray regions.

Meanwhile, Australian immigration officials have flagged the possibility of extending visas for Egyptians that may be at risk of violence should they return to Egypt. Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen said that Australia would respond sympathetically to applications for visa extensions by Egyptian nationals following reports of unrest between ethnic and religious groups in Cairo.

‘In light of the unfolding situation in Egypt, I want to assure Egyptians in Australia that my department will take the circumstances in their home country into account when dealing with requests for visa extensions,’ Bowen said.

The statement comes after 25 people died in the Egyptian capital as members of the Coptic Christian community clashed with Muslim neighbours during religious demonstrations.

Egyptian nationals in Australia that have been granted temporary Australian visas or are due to fly home soon are urged to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Also the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea have signed an agreement which makes work and holiday visas available for movement between the two neighbouring countries.

Bowen and Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Ano Pala signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a new visa system for the two countries, whereby university educated Australians and Papua New Guinea nationals between the ages 18 and 30 will now be eligible for a visa to work and holiday in each other’s country for up to 12 months.

‘This agreement provides a unique opportunity for young adults from partner countries to immerse themselves in a new and different cultural experience. Work and holiday agreements foster people to people links, wider economic ties and continued dialogue between governments,’ said Bowen.

The work and holiday visa made available under this agreement differs from the Australian working holiday visa in that it is conditional on an applicant’s tertiary qualifications, English language skills and ability to gain support from their Government in lodging an application.

Other regional countries that enjoy a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia include Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.

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