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Australia: Chefs, bricklayers and tilers added to skills list

Changes to visa rules make it more difficult (and expensive) for parents to apply to join children in Australia

Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 17:11

   

Australia will add chefs, bricklayers and tilers to its Skilled Occupation List from July, making it easier for workers with qualifications or work experience in these areas to apply for residency. Up to now, such applicants had to apply for state sponsorship, a timely and often costly process. Trade certificates don’t have to be provided for chefs and bricklayers – evidence of at least five years’ work experience is enough. VisaFirst.com has said it received confirmation from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that none of the 188 occupations already on the list will be removed this year.

If you are the parent of an Irish person living in Australia and are thinking of applying for a visa to join them there, it is worth reading this article in The Age from last week about recent changes to visa rules brought in as a result of the recent budget. Certain types of parent visas, such as the aged parent and carer subclass visas, have been scrapped as of the beginning of this month. Contributory parent visas (which allow parents who are willing to pay a large fee to live permanently in Australia if they have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen settled in Australia) are still available but at an enormous cost – according to the article, the price for two parents amounts to a whopping $105,905 (€73,400).