Immigration outreach officers will visit Coffs Harbour on May 16 and Port Macquarie on May 17 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.
Immigration officers will also be available for individual appointments with employers and employees to answer questions about skilled migration.
A spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said significant changes to the employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced on 1 July 2012.
“These seminars will provide an overview of those changes for mid North Coast communities, including information about the SkillSelect program,” 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 officers provide a range of information about temporary or permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the concessions available for regional applicants.”
The seminars will also educate businesses about their responsibility for checking to ensure that the workers they employ are allowed to work in Australia.
This will include information about new laws recently passed by Parliament, which introduce civil penalties and infringement notices for employers or labour suppliers of illegal workers.
Immigration officers will conduct a public information seminar in each of the towns and will also be available for individual appointments with employers and employees to answer questions about skilled migration.
|Time:||Information session 2.30-4.30pm and individual appointments 4.30-5.30pm|
|Address:||Coffs Harbour Ex Services Club (the Blue Room), Vernon Street,
|Time:||Information session 10.30am-12.30pm|
|Address:||Port Macquarie Community College, 77 Hastings River Drive,
|Time:||Individual appointments 2.30-4pm|
|Address:||Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast,
Suite 3, Oxley House,
133-137 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie
RSVP for both locations to [email protected] by close of business May 15.
Media Enquiries: National Communications 02 8862 6261
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