08 July 2008

Immigration officers continue road show around Australia

The latest information session about immigration to Australia will be presented in the Hunter region of New South Wales during the month of July. Immigration officers have been on tour to provide face-to-face information for residents and businesses in regional Australia.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is targeting regional Australia so that farmers or businesses, for example, can talk through complex matters of immigration.

Currently, DIAC is trying to attract more foreign nationals on a visa for Australia to meet the needs of the skills shortage in regional Australia.  The Department is particularly trying to attract backpacking seasonal workers and construction workers on a working holiday to Australia, and have offered visa extensions for those who have worked in either industry in regional Australia for three months or more.

"This measure will further boost the number of people coming to Australia on a working holiday visas to work, play and spend money," Senator Chris Evans, Minister for the DIAC said.  "We are seeing a record backpacker program this year, which is great for businesses, especially in regional Australia, and good news for Australia’s tourism industries."

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

Young people who want to work in Australia can apply online for an Australia Working Holiday Visa with the Australian Visa Bureau.

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