15 July 2008

Technology graduates helped to get Australian residency

A new scheme to help technology workers gain permanent residency in Australia is expected to be a success. The Federal Government expects around 200 participants to have taken part in the scheme by the end of the year, reports the Australian.

Under the new scheme, Australian visa applicants are awarded ten points on their permanent residency application after they have completed a year-long course. It was launched in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) with five institutions offering the course.

Kim Denham, the chief executive of the ACS, told the website: "Take-up has been very encouraging and we're expecting 200 people to sign up by the end of this year." She added the organisation hopes all states will be represented by the end of the year.

Recently, the Immigration Department has successfully filled a skills shortage in the Sunshine Coast by creating a course specific to the construction industry.

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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