Australia Employer Sponsored Visas

Australia Employer Sponsored Visas

Australia Employer Sponsored Visas

Australia Employer Sponsored Visas

Employer sponsored visas allow businesses in Australia and overseas to sponsor skilled workers who have recognised qualifications and skills in particular occupations required in Australia.

Eligible employers who wish to sponsor a skilled overseas worker for a temporary or permanent visa (with the exception of Labour Agreements) must have the occupation listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).  Where an occupation is not listed on the CSOL, eligible employers may wish to consider a Labour Agreement

Unlike General Skilled Migration visas, skilled migrants applying for employer sponsored visas are not points tested. All prospective employees must however meet the skill and requirements of the relevant employer sponsored visa program to be eligible to apply for a visa.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection administers all sponsorship applications for employers and visa applications for employees.

Visa programs

There are various employer sponsored visa programs to suit recruitment needs. Detailed information about each visa, including costs, entitlements, responsibilities, eligibility requirements and obligations are listed on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Select a visa program to find out more:

Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457: Australian or overseas employers located anywhere in Australia.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: Australian employers located in regional or remote Australia (outside of capital cities).

Employer Nomination Scheme: Australian employers located anywhere in Australia.

Labour Agreements: Australian employers or industries with skill shortages in occupations not on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). Australian employers in the ‘on-hire’ industry and meat companies.

Enterprise Migration Agreements:  Australian employers with skill shortages in occupations in the resource sector.

Designated Area Migration Agreements: Employers in parts of regional Australia facing acute skill and labour shortages that cannot be addressed under the standard migration programs.

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Ontario Releases Occupation List, Resumes Issuing Express Entry Notifications of Interest

Ontario Releases Occupation List, Resumes Issuing Express Entry Notifications of Interest

Ontario Releases Occupation List, Resumes Issuing Express Entry Notifications of Interest

Ontario Releases Occupation List, Resumes Issuing Express Entry Notifications of Interest

The government of Ontario has resumed issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to applicants who meet the criteria for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). NOIs may begin to be issued to eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool the week of April 10-14, 2017, and, according to the government, NOIs will be issued periodically throughout the year until the annual allocation is reached.

This popular Canadian immigration stream allows candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who are invited by the OINP to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate. When added to an Express Entry profile, this nomination certificate means that the candidate receives 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, placing him or her at the head of the line for selection in a subsequent draw from the pool.

Advice from the OINP

The province issued a statement with some strategic advice for potential applicants, encouraging them “to create a new profile in the Express Entry (EE) system to make it easier for Ontario to identify their profile during its search of the federal government’s Express Entry pool.” Candidates who do this are required to delete their old Express Entry profile and create a new one, including re-registering in the Canada Job Bank, which remains a mandatory step for candidates who do not have a job offer on entering the pool.

In-Demand Trades Also Targeted

In addition, the OINP announced that in this round of NOI issuance, candidates in construction-sector skilled trades that are in demand in the province will also be targeted. However, the issuance of NOIs is not limited to candidates who have work experience in these trades — candidates in other occupations may also receive a NOI.

The list of in-demand occupations for this round of NOIs includes:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Welders
  • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • Plumbers
  • Bricklayers
  • Roofers and shinglers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Tilesetters
  • Boilermakers
  • Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • Industrial electricians

Last month, findings from the 2017 Construction Confidence Indicator, an annual survey of construction contractors conducted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS), revealed that the economic outlook for Ontario’s construction industry is positive and that confidence is up across the province. The study was based on 500 interviews with contractors across the province.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates who have a minimum CRS score of 400 or more CRS points and possess the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities may be identified by the province and receive a NOI. Candidates in the Express Entry pool may not apply to the OINP Human Capital Priorities until they receive a NOI. Those who receive a NOI may submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate.

For this stream, the OINP only selects candidates who are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). That is to say, candidates who are eligible to enter the pool under the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) only (i.e. they are not also eligible under the FSWC or the CEC) may not be selected.

“The latest announcement from the OINP follows a number of previous updates that have come in over the past few months. Overall, it shows the pace of change in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, and Ontario is not the only actor in this phenomenon,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“It goes to show that keeping up to date on these changes as and when they occur gives Express Entry candidates the best possible chances of realizing their goal of coming to Canada.”

The OINP nomination allocation for 2017 is 6,000 new permanent residents. Newcomers to Ontario also arrive through federal programs, meaning that the overall number of newcomers to Ontario this year will likely be many times the number that arrive through the OINP.

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Canada Deserves an ‘A’ for Immigration Innovation

Canada Deserves an ‘A’ for Immigration Innovation

Canada Deserves an ‘A’ for Immigration Innovation

Canada Deserves an ‘A’ for Immigration Innovation

By Kareem El-Assal, Research Associate, Education & Immigration

The Conference Board of Canada

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that adage holds true when looking at Canada’s approach to immigration. While Canada is not always known for being innovative, it has identified creative approaches to recruit newcomers and facilitate their integration into society for 150 years. Canada’s immigration system has certainly come a long way since Confederation, but the country will need to find new innovations to respond to the country’s current immigration necessities.

A history of innovation

In 1867, Canada had a population of just 3.5 million people. It desperately needed immigrants to grow its economy, secure its borders, and build a nation. In the decades following Confederation, Canada achieved some measure of success in populating its vast terrain—accomplished in large part due to the completion of a transcontinental railway that provided immigrants with access to farmland in the Prairies, and an aggressive recruitment campaign that attracted immigrants from the US and Europe.

Perhaps the most innovative period for Canada’s immigration system has occurred over the past 50 years, with necessity once again being the impetus. As part of its efforts to increase its accessibility to more immigrants, Canada launched the world’s first points criteria system in 1967, which helped to evaluate the immigrants that would best align with Canada’s needs and identify those that would integrate most easily into the Canadian economy. Canada was not only ahead of its time then, but remains ahead of its time today. Only a few countries currently operate points systems.

In response to humanitarian crises abroad, Canada wanted to provide its citizens with a greater opportunity to help those in need. In 1978, it launched the world’s first Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, which immediately played a major role in Canada’s resettlement of 60,000 refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1979–80. Since then, several countries have adopted this Canadian innovation.

Between 1978 and 1986, Canada launched three pioneering programs to admit immigrant entrepreneurs and investors. These programs sought to increase the flow of talented business persons and investment capital to Canada to stimulate private sector growth and job creation. As a May 2017 Conference Board report will show, dozens of countries today seek the human, social, and financial capital of business immigrants.

In 1998, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) became a regular fixture in Canada’s immigration system. It sought to give the provinces and territories the opportunity to address their local economic needs. Nearly 20 years later, it remains extremely rare to find sub-national governments in other countries participating in the selection of immigrants.

While there have been many more examples of innovations in recent decades, perhaps the most notable over the last few years has been Canada’s launch of the Express Entry immigration selection system in 2015, which was modeled after systems first adopted in New Zealand and Australia. Express Entry was born entirely out of necessity. Prior to 2015, skilled immigrants waited 8-10 years in some instances for Canada to process their applications. Express Entry has led to a more dynamic approach to immigrant selection, with the new processing standard being six months or less.

Innovating at 150 and beyond

As it was upon Confederation, immigration remains a matter of necessity for Canada on the eve of its 150th anniversary — but for very different reasons. Canada’s population today is some 36 million people. Under-population is not as big of a challenge as an aging population. In addition, Canada’s low birth rate means that the country will require more immigrants in the future to support its high living standards. Thus, Canada is faced with the task of figuring out how it can increase its capacity to welcome newcomers so that they can continue to make significant contributions to a healthy economy and society.

Innovations are needed to address other pressing immigration issues. Many of Canada’s immigrants continue to struggle to find jobs commensurate with their education and skills. Atlantic Canada lags the rest of the country’s provinces in attracting and retaining immigrants—a major concern given that its death rate exceeds its birth rate. Temporary foreign workers and international students may not have access to the settlement supports they need to effectively integrate in Canada, which may be hindering their odds of qualifying for immigration.

However, as the past 150 years have shown us, Canada is more than capable of identifying innovative solutions to strengthen its immigration system. While the Conference Board gives Canada a ‘C’ for innovation, Canada’s innovative approach to immigration absolutely deserves an ‘A’.

Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

On May 9-10, 2017, the Conference Board hosts its 3rd annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa to discuss innovations that could help build an even stronger immigration system over the next 150 years. Distinguished speakers include ministers Ahmed Hussen, Laura Albanese, Kathleen Weil, Lena Diab, and Donald Arseneault.

Regulated immigration consultants are eligible to earn 13 CPD hours by attending the Summit.

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