- Australia is set to start recruiting what is known as STEM workers from South Africa in the next few months
- This means the Australian government will be handpicking highly skilled South African workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sectors
- The new visa is aimed at attracting highly talented and trained international workers to Australia to help grow business in the country
Australia’s image in South Africa took a massive beating in March, first, there was the controversial visa fast-tracking statement and then the Australian cricket team was caught cheating.
Not to be deterred the Australian government is pushing ahead with a new visa scheme which aims to attract highly talented and skilled workers from across the world (and yes South Africa).
Australia will start recruiting what is known as STEM workers from South Africa and the rest of the world in the next couple of months. This essentially means the Australian government will be handpicking skilled South Africans in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Briefly.co.za gathered that under this new visa, workers with skills in those sectors will receive preferential visa treatment and will be used to supplement Australia’s own STEM workforce or start a new business in the land down under.
Immigration experts Sable International said the move is part of Australia’s new Global Talent Scheme.
“This is a new visa scheme to attract highly skilled migrants and help Australia compete globally and will be piloted from 1 July 2018. The government wants Global Talent Scheme to deliver innovation, transfer skills to local workers and help grow Australian businesses,” said Sable International’s immigration expert Sam Hopwood.
Hopwood said if a person is highly skilled in their field, this new programme could provide an opportunity to move to Australia permanently.
The government is particularly interested in highly skilled people who have experience in the Natural and Physical Sciences, IT, engineering, agriculture and environmental studies sectors.
Successful applicants will be given a four-year Temporary Skills Shortage Visa, but will be able to apply for permanent residence after three years in Australia.
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