Australia wants to attract more highly skilled workers from Asia
Australia wants to encourage more skilled workers from Asia to come to the country. According to the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, the country has a lot of potential to attract high-educated and productive professionals from Asia who will bolster the local economy. Even with the unprecedented investments that the Australian Government is madding in the education sectors the country still needs foreign workers to fill various labor shortages that exist on the local market.
Chris Bowen emphasized that the top sources of qualified immigrants to Australia are Asian countries such as China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam. According to him Australia is uniquely placed both geographically and economically to attract highly skilled Asian workers.
In addition to that Australia spends a lot of money and effort to attract tourists for Asia. OM order to facilitate this the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship is expanding its network of delivery services and introducing online visa lodgement, multiple entry visas and longer visa validity periods.
Last but not Least, foreign students boost the Australian economy with billions of dollars per year. During 2011 alone there were more than 500 000 foreign students registered in Australian universities and two thirds of them were coming from Asian countries.
Streamlining the student visa assessment process will make it easier for people who want to study in Australia while post study work rights for bachelor degree and PhD graduates will encourage skilled people to contribute to Australia’s development.
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