A possie in Aussie

January 3, 2009

Chinese checked

Filed under: 457 visas — Nayano @ 7:25 pm
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There are thousands of families across Australia who arrived in 2005 -2006 on regional temporary skilled migration visas. Most were sourced by abattoirs to provide slaughter men, boners etc. Their visa conditions were the same as for other migrants on these visas – that is, that they could apply for permanent residency, leading to citizenship, if they worked well in their new jobs for 2 years. What was different is that the Australian government waived the requirement to meet 4.5 of the IELTS test in English proficiency.

The 2 years are up, their employer wants them to stay, but the terms of their visas have suddenly been changed, and they must learn English in the next 12 months, or be returned to China. They must achieve IELTS level 4.5 but currently most would be at IELTS level 1 or 2.

They are not entitled to any government-funded services, or NGO settlement support programs funded through government grants.

They are not entitled to government-funded English lessons, but now must achieve a high level of English competency within the next 12 months.

You can listen to  me speak about this or read the transcript of the broadcast I made for ABC Radio National’s ‘Perspective’ program

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5 Comments »

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