Too many cooks granted PR
A spike in the permanent residence grants for cooks and hairdressers has had the media reporting that skilled migration policy has lost its way.
Cooks have topped the skilled migration list. Over 8000 cooks got permanent visas in 2012-13, followed by 5700 accountants, 2160 software engineers, 1550 IT business analysts and 1500 hairdressers, reports the Herald Sun.
The Herald Sun report also noted that skilled migration is dominated by Indians and Chinese, who comprised about half of the 129,000 places approved last year.
It is suggested that the students, who were caught out by changes to the skilled migration rules, have been ‘unwisely told’ that they could continue to apply for residency.
In an interview with the Herald Sun, Monash University migration researcher Dr Bob Birrel claimed that the number of highly skilled applicants wishing to enter the country is now falling, causing immigration officials to fill their quotas with ‘warehoused applicants’.
“Now that demand for migration is tapering off a bit they are obliged to deal with these applicants…They are filling up their quota with these warehoused applicants, that’s why we’re getting so many cooks.”
“The program has a life of its own and it’s continuing at very high levels notwithstanding the sharp downturn in the need for skilled migrants,” he said.
According to the department’s 2012-13 Migration Program Report, the skilled migration system focused on migrants to help fill critical skill needs, particularly in regional areas.This included almost 50,000 places nominated by employers and state or territory governments, and 44,000 in the skilled independent category. There were more than 114,000 applicants waiting to be processed for skilled migration as of June 30 last year.