Immigration outreach officers will visit the Riverina area of NSW from April 9-12 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 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 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 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 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.
|Griffith||April 9||4-6pm||NSW Rural Fire Service,
200 Wakaden Street,
|Leeton||April 10||3-4.30pm||Yellow Room,
Leeton Public Library,
Corner Dooley Lane and Sycamore Streets,
|Wagga Wagga||April 12||8.30-10.30am||NSW Trade and Investment
Regional Development Australia
– Wagga Wagga Office,
48 Fitzmaurice Street,
Immigration officers will also be available for brief individual appointments. Seats for the information sessions and individual appointments are limited. To RSVP for an information session or to make an individual appointment, please contact Rodney Avery by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0457 547 024. Bookings for the seminars and individual appointments are essential.
Source: http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/releases/immigration-employer-awareness-seminars-in-nsw-riverinavar d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);
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