Immigration officers will be present at the Xstrata mining expo in Mt Isa from April 30 to May 2, to provide information on employer-sponsored skilled migration options and 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 that significant changes to the employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced on 1 July 2012.
“Our officers will be on hand to provide an overview of these changes, including information about SkillSelect, and individual appointments will also be available,” 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.”
There will also be a focus on educating 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.
Immigration staff will be located at site A6 at the expo.
If you wish to make an individual appointment, please contact Adrian Boyd on 0466 150 713.
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