Brickies and floor tilers off Australia skills list
BRICKLAYERS, floor tilers and chemists will soon be taken off Australia's official skills shortage list and people with these trades won't be able to apply for permanent residency unless they are sponsored by an employer, the Australian authorities said.
The trades will be scratched from the list from the beginning of July because Australia has enough of these skills. That means it is now too late to apply for a visa because the application process takes several weeks.
Construction workers who have lost their jobs since our economy collapsed have flocked to Australia where a mining boom has kept wages high and the economy growing strongly.
Production managers, metallurgists, optometrists, computer network and systems engineers have all been added to the skills shortage list which means it will be easy for people with these skills to move Down Under.
The skills list has 192 occupations including nurses, draftsmen, social workers, mechanics, locksmiths, glaziers, plasterers, carpenters, plumbers and stonemasons. People with these trades can apply for permanent residency without state or employer sponsorship.
Calculations by the Irish Independent found a 50pc surge in the number of emigrants heading for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain, the US and Germany last year.
Australian figures show there were 27,995 Irish arrivals in the country's 2010 to 2011 tax year. There are no official figures from the Irish authorities about the numbers leaving the country, so emigration can only be gauged by collecting figures from other nations.
The Australian government added that it was changing the rules for older people and non-English speakers to make it easier for them to apply for a visa.
All applicants continue to be scored according to age, work experience, qualifications, partner's skills and command of the English language.
"Although the changes won't come into effect until July 1, processing time for visas means that any of the people affected who start their application now for the skilled migrant visa will be too late as they will have insufficient time to get a successful skills assessment," said Edwina Shanahan who is a manager at Dublin-based www.visafirst.com.
"It's important not to alarm those who have just recently applied -- these applications will still be processed," she added.
Ms Shanahan said applicants should still sit the International English Language Test System exam which gives additional points and speeds up visa applications.