Australian Visa change likely to hit Irish Migrants
Up to 20,000 would-be migrants seeking to live and work in Australia, many of them Irish, face the prospect of having their visa applications cancelled under tough new visa regulations brought in by the Australian government.
In a recent move the Australian Immigration and Citizenship Department have revoked the wide-ranging Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL), are phasing out the Critical Skills List (CSL) and will use a tougher new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to be announced at the end of April 2010, to take effect in mid-July 2010.
“The scrapping of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) will prove a major blow to many Irish people who would have qualified for visas to Australia, based on the additional ‘points’ available through their occupation or specialisation. Traditionally the most popular trades to qualify under the MODL were carpenters, bricklayers, gasfitters, electricians, plumbers, hairdressers and mechanics – now that this is not an option, many people may not be able to get a work visa for Australia. We have to monitor the situation closely to see what this new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will offer people – and how it will affect their plans to live and work in Australia.” said Robbert Lynch, manager of www.AussieJobs.ie.
The tough new rules will also include provision for the ‘capping’ of visas for certain occupations to ensure that the Skilled Migration Program (SMP) is not dominated by a handful of occupations.