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West Australian Regional Outreach Officer to Conduct Free Seminar in Esperance on March 10 for Regional Employers

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West Australian Regional Outreach Officer to Conduct Free Seminar in Esperance on March 10 for Regional Employers

West Australian Regional Outreach Officer to Conduct Free Seminar in Esperance on March 10 for Regional Employers

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is visiting Esperance and Ravensthorpe on March 9 and 10 to provide businesses and workers with information on employer-sponsored migration pathways.

The West Australian regional outreach officer will be conducting a free seminar in Esperance on March 10 for regional employers.

The seminar will focus on employer-sponsored visa options for skilled workers as well as providing an update on recent changes to the 457 visa program, employer obligations and pathways to permanent residence, including the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS).

The seminar, which will take place at the Neal IT Training Centre (5 The Esplanade, Esperance) from 5pm to 6.30pm from 5pm to 6.30pm, will give employers and visa holders the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of these visa programs.

The outreach officer will also be available for private consultations with employers on immigration matters in Ravensthorpe on March 9 and Esperance on March 10.

A department spokesman said some businesses in regional communities can experience difficulty finding local skilled workers and they may want to consider sponsoring suitably qualified employees from overseas.

“Our officer will be able to answer a variety of questions about the skilled migration program, including changes that came into effect last year, such as market salary rates, health insurance, training requirements and employer obligations,” the spokesman said.

The outreach officer will also be able to discuss other visa and citizenship matters. The department’s regional visits program enables people in communities outside of the capital cities to sit down and talk about specific issues they might face directly with an immigration officer.

“While the department has a great deal of information available over the phone or on the internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes, or they may prefer to speak to officers face-to-face, and these visits meet those needs,” the spokesman said.

Registration is essential for the seminar. To register, or for private appointments, contact 08 9415 9705 or roo.wa@immi.gov.au.


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