Number of male parents from UK and Ireland heading to Australia increases
Recent statistics from Visa First indicate that there is a 70% increase in the number of male parents immigrating to Australia in a search of better job opportunities. The main reason for the current growth of immigration is the prospering Australian economy, driven by the booming construction and mining sectors of the country. During the last two months more than 38 000 new job places opened up in Australia.
“In our experience, the primary breadwinners in these situations are often men – they usually travel out four to six months before their family members to look for accommodation, schools, child-minding facilities and so on,” said Edwina Shanahan, manager of Visa First.
British and Irish men, who are immigrating to Australia often, include their family members in their visa applications, in order to ensure that they will be granted permanent residency status as well.
The immigration system of Australia has been significantly changed during the last several months with the introduction of the new Skill Select program by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. People, who want to apply for a Skilled Immigrant Visa will have to first submit an Expression of Interest, after which they will be invited to start their Australian Visa application, in case their personal, educational and professional profile meets certain requirements set by the Australian Government.
According to Ms Shanahan, not only Australia, but also Canada is a popular destination for prospective immigrants from Britain and Ireland. Visa First reports that a lot of Canadian firms are seeking to hire expats. Many of those firms are including flight tickets as a part of the benefits package available for expatriate employees. Due to the fact that both Canada and Australia are distanced from the global economic problems, immigrants from UK and Ireland feel secure and confident about their future and their ability to secure the financial well-being of their families.
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