24 July 2008

Applicants for temporary Australian visa increases

The number of people applying for a temporary Australian visa (subclass 457) increased by a quarter last year, according to figures from the Department of Immigration. The Australian has reported the number of applicants for the Australian visa increased to over 58,000 in 2007-08 from just below 46,700 the previous year.

According to the publication, the immigration boost proves the government is increasingly looking to foreign workers to solve skills shortages within Australia. The finance and insurance industry saw the biggest increase in the number of overseas applicants from 2006-07.

Figures also showed the salary for a person on the temporary Australian visa increased by two per cent to AUD$73,100 (£35,340) per year. It also highlighted a high success rate in employment of the Australian visa holders, with over 80 per cent being in a professional occupation or highly-skilled job, reports the source.

In related news, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship also recently approved plans to give states more control to recruit for the skills shortages in their regions.

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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