Migrant Visas Expedited for Regional Australia

Here’s great news for skilled migrants who are willing to live in regional Australia. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs will have the visas of these skilled migrants fast-tracked. The step has been taken to curb population growth and congestion issues that places like Melbourne and Sydney are experiencing.

A total of $19.4 million will be channelized over a period of four years wherein the officials of the Government will address the shortage of skilled workers for local businesses in regional areas. The officials will travel to regional areas and identify these opportunities and will prioritize the visas sponsored by employers in regional areas. The agreements in which local councils are able to recruit workers from overseas shall also be expedited.

This is one of many efforts currently being carried out to distribute the population of skilled individuals homogenously across the country. It comes in line with the previous announcements wherein migrants could be asked to spend at least five years in a regional area to get permanent residency. The previous announcements included cuts to Australia's annual migration intake to ease congestion in major cities relating to population and infrastructure, including roads, transport, health, education and many other services. 

It is to be noted that Australia's permanent migration number is capped at 190,000 people annually, but has been able to reach only about 160,000 over the past few years. Per the experts, the country doesn’t seem to have planned well for the future as the total population reached 25 million earlier than expected.

All in all, steps are being taken to streamline things, but it will take time to show results.

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