In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Australia. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Australian labour force more quickly when they arrive.
The government’s focus remains on jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney. “
Under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program, Australia will be able to attract the skilled immigrants our economy requires, who are the most likely to succeed and contribute their full skill set to the Australian economy.”
With the re-opening date approaching, future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:
- A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;
- An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;
- Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and
- Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Australian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.
As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year,” said Minister Kenney. “
We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Australia. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future.”
Applications under the new FSWP will be accepted starting May 4, 2013. Until then, however, the FSWP application process does not change – only individuals with qualifying job offers or those applying under the PhD stream are eligible for processing.
All applicants who are considering applying on or after May 4 are invited to consult the Backgrounder. It outlines some of the steps that can be taken now to prepare and includes the eligible occupations list and the organizations designated to conduct educational credential assessments.