14 September 2007

Australian visa holders successful: Immigration Minister

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Australian visa holders find work quickly in their first year in Australia, according to new research released by the Ministry for Immigration and Citizenship. The third Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia shows that employment among skilled migrants increased from 91 per cent after six months to 97 per cent after they had been in Australia for 18 months.

Immigration and Citizenship minister Kevin Andrews said: "Australia is the ideal destination for migrants - our strong economy is complemented by our selection of young migrants with good English and recognised skills.

The longitudinal survey also showed the correlation of higher English language test scores and better job outcomes, endorsing government changes to the skilled migration points test and giving Britons interested in Australian immigration a head start when applying for an Australian visa.

If migrants are to actively participate in the workforce, they need a reasonable command of English, the minister said. It also makes sense if migrants are to take advantage of everything that this country has to offer, both the economic and social benefits.

The survey interviewed almost 10,000 primary applicants from the skilled and family migration streams who arrived in Australia or were granted Australian visas onshore between December 2004 and March 2005.

The research also shows good results for family-stream migrants. Employment for partners of people with Australian visas increased from 80 per cent to 94 per cent in the year after their first six months settling in.

Australia welcomes skilled migrants: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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