More is being done to help inform employers in Australia about the benefits and rules for employing workers from overseas.

A series of visits by officials from by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) staff are also aimed at anyone else who wants to find out more about the working visa progammes and immigration.

The next series of meetings takes place along the North Coast next week when people can meet fact to face with officials.

A DIAC spokesman said the department's regional visit programmes enable people outside capital cities to talk directly with an immigration officer about individual issues or questions.

'Our regional visits attract a variety of people, ranging from small business owners who may be having difficulty finding local staff with the right experience, to students and individuals who are seeking advice,' the spokesman said.

'While the department provides information on the phone or on the internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes or prefer to speak to officers face to face,' he added.

The department particularly wants to encourage long term residents of Australia to consider taking the final step in their immigration journey by becoming an Australian citizen.

Immigration outreach officers can assist people on topics, including citizenship, working visas, visas for family members, partner visas and the process for proposing refugees.

Regional employers who are interested in sponsoring overseas workers can make an appointment with Stephen Romano from the department. The meetings are scheduled for Lismore on 23 August, Grafton on the 24 August and Coffs Harbour on 24 and 25 August.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced that citizens of Chile will soon have access to a convenient online tourist visa for Australia.

From 20 September 2011, citizens of Chile can apply for the e676 electronic tourist visa online. DIAC says that the application process is fast, secure and convenient, and gives applicants the ability to check the progress of their application electronically.

Also, the visa does not require a visa label to be placed in a passport and a notification is sent to the client providing details of the visa and airlines are able to confirm the visa entitlements through the Advanced Passenger Processing System.

Clients can also, if they wish, print a copy of their visa approval notification email to carry with them whilst traveling to Australia.