The Victorian Immigration Solicitors’ Alliance: VISA has been invited to response to the JSCOM. We would appreciate member feedback so we can summarise the responses from our members and provide a written response to the JSCOM.
Many of you may know part of the reason I formed VISA was to promote and assist in the building of a world class Migration system. And it is in keeping with that which has been the motivation behind VISA’s earlier submissions to the Australia Parliament and other relevant stake holders.
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The Committee has prioritised the terms of reference for this inquiry. Submissions addressing terms of reference 1(a) and 2 should be made by Monday 1 March 2021. Submissions addressing the remaining terms of reference should be made by Wednesday 31 March 2021.
Consequently I again request that members provide VISA with submissions, comments and feedback by Friday 26 March 2020 at 5PM Melbourne time.
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The terms of reference are below
The Joint Standing Committee on Migration shall inquire into and report on Australia’s skilled migration program, with reference to:
- The purpose of the skilled migration program and whether it is meeting its intended objectives, including
- 1a) if any immediate adjustments are necessary in the context of the future of work and pandemic recovery, and
- 1b) if more long-term structural changes are warranted;
- Australia’s international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, startups, and the best and brightest skilled migrants with cutting edge skills;
- Skills lists and the extent to which they are meeting the needs of industries and businesses and keeping pace with Australia’s job landscape;
- The administrative requirements for Australian businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants, including requirements to prioritise job opportunities for Australians and job creation;
- The costs of sponsorship to businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants;
- The complexity of Australia’s skilled migration program including the number of visa classes under the program and their requirements, safeguards and pathways; and
- Any other related matters.