Australia has increased the cap on the admission of skilled immigrants in order to compensate for labor shortages in various sectors.
On the last day of the two-day “Jobs and Skills” summit in Canberra, Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Claire O’Neill, announced an increase in the cap for the admission of foreign skilled immigrants in the fiscal year 2022-2023 from 160,000 people to 195,000 people.
According to him, based on the new decision of the Australian government, the ground will be provided for thousands of engineers and nurses to enter the country.
Ms O’Neill also said Australia’s regions would welcome around 34,000 permanent migrants in the 2022-2023 financial year, an increase of 9,000 over last year. Also, according to him, the opportunities supported by the states will increase from 11,000 to 31,000.
According to the announcement of the Minister of the Interior of Australia, the government of this country has changed its focus from temporary immigration to permanent immigration. In this way, foreign graduates are allowed to stay and work in Australia for a longer period of time.
Allocation of new funds to speed up the processing of visa applicants’ cases
Australian Immigration Minister Andrew Giles also announced the allocation of $36 million and 100 thousand dollars to hire 500 new employees to speed up the processing of visa applicants, whose number has now reached 900 thousand.
Australia’s leading political, business and trade union leaders attended the two-day Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra from September 1.
In addition to changes to the skilled immigrant admissions rate, the summit agreed to allocate $679 million in funding for skills training places, reduce restrictions on contracts and provide more flexibility to admit international students.
The purpose of increasing the limit for the acceptance of immigrants is to reduce the problems of Australian companies in ensuring the security of their employees. According to reports, Australia’s unemployment rate is 3.4% and is expected to decrease further.
Before the start of the Corona epidemic in 2020, at least 400,000 foreign students and 250,000 seasonal workers were accepted in Australia every year, but with the implementation of quarantine this year, this process was severely damaged.
Australia finally reopened its international borders in February, but immigration to the country has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, which has led to labor shortages in Australia.
The Australian government had previously announced that it has increased the limit for the admission of skilled immigrants in the financial year 2022-2023 from 79,600 to 109,900.
Also, based on the decision, there will be no ceiling for the number of marriage visas from 2022 to 2023.