Source : http://www.embraceaustralia.com
February 8, 2010 - The long-awaited changes to the Australia immigration program has finally been announced today and it’s very much as predicted.
Occupations such as hairdressing and catering have been dumped to make way for more highly skilled positions amid criticism over students plumping for the easiest courses to gain entry into Australia.
Overseas students will be particularly hard hit by the changes which will now leave many of them wondering about their future. Students following a course that is not on the CSL must now get an employer to sponsor them before their visa applications will be considered. There will be a temporary 18 month break for students to either change their courses or find an employer willing to sponsor them. However without knowing what occupations will be on the new Skills List many students are left bewildered over what to do next.
Applications for Australian visas has never been higher and there has always been some criticism over immigration levels, with the government being accused of having an open door policy in some cases. This door is close to being shut now for many would-be immigrants to Australia, with the government now getting very selective over who it lets in and who it doesn’t.Read full article »