An immigration outreach officer will visit Coober Pedy in May to conduct information seminars about employer-sponsored skilled migration options and to explain new laws and penalties for employing or referring people who are not allowed to work.
A Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said significant changes to the employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced on 1 July 2012.
“These seminars will provide an overview of these changes, including information about SkillSelect,” the spokesman said.
“SkillSelect is an online service that connects Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlines the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visas.
“Our officer can provide a range of information about temporary or permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the concessions available for regional applicants.”
The Coober Pedy seminars will also educate businesses about their responsibility for checking to ensure that the workers they use are allowed to work in Australia.
This will include information about new laws recently passed by the Parliament, which introduce civil penalties and infringement notices for employers or labour suppliers of illegal workers.
The information seminars will take place on May 14 at 5pm and May 15 at 8.30am at the Desert Cave Hotel, Lot 1 Hutchinson St, Coober Pedy.
Seminar bookings are essential. Please RSVP to email@example.com or phone 0434 076 437, by May 13.
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