New criteria for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
1 July 2012
The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the 2012-2013 checklist for certification of positions under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
Certification is only required for applicants going through the direct entry stream.
The direct entry stream is for applicants untested in the Australian labour market who are in Australia and do not hold a subclass 457, or have not held a subclass 457 for the last two years, or who are applying from overseas.
See the Requirements for Certification section of the website for the checklist and further details.
For more information on the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship at Wa.firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1 July 2012 Skilled Migration Western Australia will assess employer nominations under the direct entry scheme.
The direct entry stream is for applicants who are in Australia and do not hold a subclass 457, who have not held a subclass 457 for the last two years, or who are applying from overseas.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has new criteria for Regional Certifying Bodies from 1 July 2012:
- There is a genuine need for a paid employee in the employer’s business for the nominated position.
- The position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is living in the same local area as the nominated position.
- The terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would be offered to an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is performing the same tasks in the same location.
All employee nominations lodged with DIAC after 1 July 2012 will be assessed under the new criteria.
The Regional Certifying Body checklist for assessing nominations will be available in July.
Please visit the DIAC website www.immi.gov.au for more information on the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.