Program helps to fill job vacancies


A program to help skilled migrants into the local workforce has received funding for a further 12 months.

A Swan Hill Rural City Council program to encourage skilled migrants into employment has received funding for a further 12 months.
The Global Skills for Provincial Victoria program operates out of the Swan Hill Region Information Centre and assists local businesses and employers to fill gaps in skilled positions, that otherwise could not be met locally.
Skilled migration officer Nathan Keighran said modifications to immigration
regulation including changes to the skilled occupation list will enhance this sucessful program.
"The Regional Sponsored Migrant Scheme (RSMS) 1054 visa has been designed to promote skilled migrants into relocating to regional areas in Australia, such as Swan Hill," Mr Keighran said.
"The visa requires a business to sponsor a skilled migrant for two years in full employment and is a pathway for permanent residency for the applicant.
"The program provides a win/win situation for all parties, as the criteria ensures that the employer obtains a skilled worker, the migrant a permanent visa and the local community will prosper by obtaining an employment outcome that could not be achieved using the local market."
The RSMS process can be broken down into three phases.
During the first stage the position is regionally certified. The second stage must be approved by a case manager from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, while the third stage involves visa details.
Mr Keighran said over the past two years, more and more local industries and business were exploring the options of obtaining a skilled worker through this visa arrangement.
"There are no associated costs involved in the RSMS process, apart from the permanent visa charges to the applicant (migrant), if successful."
To obtain Regional Certification for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, applicants can now forward their documents to the Swan Hill Region Information Centre or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Businesses that are currently employing a skilled migrant on a temporary visa who would also like to access resumes from the skilled migrant database or who would like more information about the program, can contact Mr Keighran on 5036 2453.
Funding for the program has been made possible by the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.


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