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Australia Immigration visit to AgQuip field days

Australia Immigration visit to AgQuip field days

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the NSW Farmers Association will work together at this year’s AgQuip field days to raise awareness about the benefits of the skilled migration program for the agricultural sector. Departmental officers will be co-located at the NSW Farmers Association stand in Gunnedah next week, where they will conduct face-to-face meetings with local business people. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the NSW Farmers Association will work together at this year’s AgQuip field days to raise awareness about the benefits of the skilled migration program for the agricultural sector.

Departmental officers will be co-located at the NSW Farmers Association stand in Gunnedah next week, where they will conduct face-to-face meetings with local business people.

A departmental spokesman said some businesses in regional communities can experience difficulty finding local skilled workers and they may want to consider sponsoring suitably qualified employees from overseas.

“Our officers will be able to answer a variety of questions about the skilled migration program, including market salary rates, health insurance, training requirements and employer obligations,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said it was also important for people in regional communities to understand the rules regarding hiring foreign workers, which include penalties for hiring illegal workers.

Employers can quickly and easily check if a foreign worker has a visa with work rights through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO), www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/vevo.htm.

Interested people are welcome to speak direct with departmental officers about skilled migration at AgQuip on August 17 or the morning of August 18.

For people unable to attend Agquip, Immigration outreach officer Suzanne Gillham can assist farmers who want to employ skilled workers from overseas. Ms Gillham can be reached during business hours on 0403 395 154. Regional business wanting advice on skilled migration can contact Immigration outreach officer, Stephen Romano, during business hours on 0401 998 817.

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