Recent statistics released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have shown a 10 per cent increase in sponsored 457 visas in 2011. Of the recipients of those visas, the United Kingdom, India and Ireland are the top three citizenship countries.
While Ireland's unemployment rate still sits above 14 per cent, these figures illustrate a positive result for citizens of Ireland searching for opportunities to live and work in Australia while they are unable to obtain such opportunties in their own country.
The Irish Echo reported further details of these latest statistics released by DIAC;
An increasing number of Irish workers are finding sponsorship with Australian companies, according to the latest statistics.
Figures released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) show that Irish citizens were granted 1,460 primary 457 visas in the last year until 30 September 2011, a significant increase on the figure of 830 for the same period in 2010.
The four-year 457s are temporary residence visas offered to skilled workers and their dependants who are sponsored by an Australian company.
Primary visa grants refer to people who applied for sponsorship for their own behalf, while secondary applicants are those attached to partners’ applications.
The number of primary visa holders in Australia at 30 September 2011 was 77,250 – an increase of 10 per cent in comparison with the same date last year.
Following this trend, Irish citizens made up 2,580 of the 457 visa holders in NSW as of the end of September, followed by 1,480 in resource-rich Western Australia and 1,300 in Victoria.
The number of subclass 457s granted from July to the end of September 2011 was 54.2 per cent higher than the same period last year. However, the number of primary visas granted in September 2011 was 2.8 per cent lower than in August.
There was little change in the top three industries for primary visa grants, with healthcare and social assistance (13.5 per cent), other services (12.4 per cent) and construction (12.0 per cent) continuing to top the list.
Irish citizens were granted a total of 14,833 working holiday 417 visas between 2009 and 2010, which was a drop of 7,953 on the previous year.
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