04 January 2011

Increase in US citizens taking up permanent Australia Visas

As the economic downturn continues more US citizens are moving to Australia, new figures show.

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The mining sector in particular is in need of skilled workers.

US citizens are now the third-largest group applying for a permanent Australia visa, after British and Indian nationals, recent Australia immigration data has shown.

Nearly 10 per cent unemployment in the US is believed to be behind the increase in Australia immigration, and nearly 7,000 Americans are already working in the country on a long-term visa, an 80 per cent jump over the past five years.

Australia’s economy is booming as a result of China's thirst for iron ore and energy and many areas in Australia are experiencing worker shortages, particularly in the mining sector. 

There are a number of different immigration streams for permanent and temporary immigration to Australia that skilled workers may be eligible to apply for, provided they meet various requirements.

The number of US students in Australian universities has also jumped nearly 10 per cent in the past two years, after declining steadily for the previous decade, reported the Australian Department of Immigration.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia visa application with the Australian Embassy

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