04 August 2008

Canberra wants more control over Australian immigration

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Canberra is hoping to give Victoria more control about the people on Australian visas entering the country. The Premier John Brumby said last week the annual intake for some states should be frozen at a maximum level, leading Canberra to ask for greater control on the type of people who enter the state, reports the Age.

Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, said recently he wanted each state to have more control and choice over the immigration in the region. He said: "I believe the states and territories should be given greater capacity to make decisions on what skills are most needed in their economy to fill critical skills shortages."

Senator Evans told the newspaper the country could not currently give a single national system which would meet all the needs of each state, adding employers also needed more say of the type of immigration needed. An Australian region recently held a meeting to discuss how to attract more skilled immigration to the area, in order to allow the businesses to prosper, reports ABC.net.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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