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Changes in Australian Budget Immigration

Australia has decided to increase the immigration numbers to fill skill gaps according to the budget of 2012-2013. The news is that Australian government addressed upcoming changes in immigration process. From 1st July 2012, health criteria for VISA applications will be altered. With this, any Australian visa can be rejected if the cost of existed health treatment exceeds fixed threshold value. Threshold value will be increased from $21,000 to 35,000 from 1st July 2012. Along with this, passenger movement charge, Visa label price and paper lodgments will also be increased. All these changes are expected to enforce from 1st July. As per the changes, family members of main VISA applicant can now be included without any additional costs. Changes in employer penalties are also made by the Australian government which will be enforced on “strict liability” basis. Along with existed criminal penalties, new penalties will be charged to employers that embrace warning, contravention notices, monetary, civil penalties and criminal prosecution. Penalty changes are expected to be implemented at the end of this year. Pacific Seasonal Worker Program will be scattered over 12,000 places in next four years. Many industries such as agricultural, tourism, etc will use this program after few years. This program permits seasonal workers from Kiribati, Tonga Vanuatu, etc employers to work in Australia. Stern norms are defined in this program as follows.

  • Pacific seasonal workers are allowed to work from 4 to 6 months period of time.
  • Workers may return to work in future according to VISA restrictions and are limited to work with approved employers.
  •  Seasonal workers should supervise private health insurance and should not apply for another VISA while staying in Australia.
  • Workers should bear own travel and living expenses and should have age constraints between 21-45 years where as 25-40 for Kiribati workers.
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