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      For anyone unfortunate enough to be sent back. Doesn't Kevin Rudd's wife own an employment services business in the UK which is doing very well at the moment? Think the British government have even helped her by giving her contracts recently?
      Can't find the company name though so that they can look for jobs on it

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      Hi we are worrying now because of this, we have no idea if we will get there but ours is a better outlook than some. This is what our migration agent told us...

      The most evident and widely reported of the announced changes to the Australian skilled migration program is the 14 per cent cut that will reduce the skilled migration intake to 115,000 places for the 2009-10 financial year. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans, stated that the cut has been implemented "to protect local jobs while ensuring employers can access skilled professionals in industries still experiencing skills shortages".
      However, accompanying the cut in skilled migration are immediate changes made to the Critical Skills List (CSL). The CSL is the list of occupations that determines whether Australian visa applicants are eligible to receive priority processing upon lodging their application.
      While the CSL was only introduced on January 1, 2009, a number of occupations have now been removed from the list, including bricklayers, welders, plumbers, metal fitters and carpenters. As a result, the list now focuses almost entirely on occupations in the healthcare, medical, engineering and IT professions. The current CSL can be found on our website by clicking here.
      To remind you of the priority processing order for visa applications which came into effect on 1 January 2009, the order currently stands as follows (listed from highest priority to lowest):

      1. Applications with a successful State & Territory Nomination;
      2. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Critical Skills List (CSL);
      3. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Migration Occupations in Demand List;
      4. All other remaining applications

      The Minister has stated that "The Critical Skills List will remain under constant review and the Government will remove occupations from the list if demand for those skills can be satisfied by local labour." We can therefore expect the Critical Skills List to be under continual review and changes can be expected at any time, depending on current economic circumstances.
      We are in an ok position for now as my husband is an IT professional but who knows when it will be reviewed again. However on the plus side this can only be a good thing for people who are already out there.

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      Michelle, Phil, Nathan, and Libby. PR175 arrived Oct 2009

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      personally i agree that a country shouldnt bring more people in if the job market is taking a downturn. Theres no point in actually being here if you cant get a job . Though it does make me laugh when sa governemnt want to preserve their jobs yet give the desal to a Spanish company? Whats all that about?
      Also the amount of immigrants isnt actually less than other years, rudd increased it several months ago, now hes just reduced it back down to what it was before the increase. Good political ploy or what !!
      clare 39 clinical nurse educator, Rn/mhn, Alex 7


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