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Australian visa rule changes will open country to more Irish skilled workers

New South Wales has made it easier for skilled migrants to settle there by expanding its Skilled Occupations List.

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AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS in New South Wales have now made it easier for Irish skilled workers to settle there.

The most populous state in Australia with the biggest economy has added almost 100 new occupations to its Skilled Occupation List, which means Irish people from a variety of different trades and professions may now be nominated by the government for a visa entitling them to work in the state.

Previously, the state only listed 12 occupations, most of which were highly skilled like accountancy, biomedical engineering and architecture. By noting what skills were lacking in the economy, they have now expanded this list by calling for a number of medical practitioners, IT workers, lawyers, scientists, teachers and engineers.

They have also increased the number of trades including electricians, mechanics, carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, tilers, plumbers and metal workers.

Explaining the new rule changes, Edwina Shanahan, manager at Visa First says:

It’s important to note that once a sufficient supply of a particular skill is reached it could be removed from the New South Wales  list again. The fact that they have been added to the list means that these occupations are in immediate shortage, so we would urge anyone considering the move to come forward now.

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