The jobs Australia is so keen for migrants to fill that they're offering permanent residency
- 79,600 spaces are available for the Skilled Migration scheme in 2020-2021
- 17 occupations have been prioritised in the health, construction and IT sectors
- This includes nurses, doctors, midwives, software engineers and programmers
Skilled workers are in such short supply in Australia the federal government is offering qualified migrants permanent residency.
A total of 17 occupations have been identified on the federal government’s priority migration skilled occupation list to help Australia recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigration authorities will prioritise workers in the healthcare, construction and information technology industries. The list includes nurses, doctors, midwives, psychiatrists, software engineers, computer programmers and mechanical engineers.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the changes would strike the right balance for Australia’s economic recovery. “Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover” Mr Tudge said.
The occupations were selected out of more than 200 on the Department of Home Affairs Skills List granting residency under the Skilled Migration Scheme. The skilled migration program is offering 79,600 places for 2020-2021. The scheme falls under the 189 Skilled Independent Visa and allows workers to apply for permanent residency after three years. The skilled stream is considered the most desirable way to gain immigration to Australia.
Alternative pathways to migration involve gaining sponsorship from an employer or government authorities. The skilled work regional visa, known as the subclass 491 visa, offers a short term stay for migrants willing to work in regional Australia. They must remain in the area for up to five years, but may apply for permanent residency after three years if they have met the income requirements. Migrants can also gain permanent residency through the 186, 482 and 494 visas which require sponsorship through an employer.
The federal government also offers highly talented specialists a chance to gain permanent residency through the Global Talent Independent Program. The program targets specialists across seven industries: ag-tech, med-tech, space, fin-tech, energy and mining technology, cyber security, and data science. The scheme is the fastest way to gain permanent residency in Australia. Migrants applying through this program must show they area capable of earning a salary above the income threshold of $153,600 each year. They must also have their application supported by an Australian specialist working in their field.
The 17 Priority Occupations For 2020 – 2021 are:
The following 17 occupations were identified as priorities to help bolster the nation’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director
- Construction Project Manager
- Mechanical Engineer
- General Practitioner
- Resident Medical Officer
- Medical Practitioner nec
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
- Registered Nurse (Medical)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
- Registered Nurses nec
- Developer Programmer
- Software Engineer
- Maintenance Planner
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