Australia is planning to launch a new set of visas for improved pathways for permanent residency in the country by the end of this year. The country aims to become a high performing and an innovative nation, and for that purpose it requires highly skilled and talented professionals from different parts of the world and it is persuading skilled professionals to Australia through the new improved visa system.
Australia is also planning to introduce an Entrepreneur visa to invite talented entrepreneurs in the country. The visa will be mainly for talented and skilled entrepreneurs who would possess innovative ideas and financial back up. STEM and ICT qualified professionals are given preference for their crucial role in the development of the country that is why the enhanced visa system will be offering improved pathways to permanent residence for PG research graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and ICT fields. STEM, ICT or candidates qualified in any related field will be given preference for post graduate and masters andwill be awarded with extra points via “Points Tested Skilled Migration Programme” so as to support their permanent migration to Australia.
An innovative pathway is also being planned to be established by the government of Australia particularly for entrepreneurs with financial back up and innovative ideas where a new provincial Entrepreneur visa will be introduced for the permanent residence in Australia under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The new Entrepreneur visa is planned to be introduced in November this year and enhanced PR visa for STEM postgraduate research graduates will be launched in the month of December. The prime preference is given to STEM qualification is mainly due to the findings of a research study of Australian Bureau of Statistics which revealed that from the year 2006-2011, there has been 50% growth in the jobs in STEM field when compared to any other field.
As per the report of StartupAUS Crossroads there is a skill gap in the industry, as the demand for ICT professionals has increased to almost doublebetween the years 1999 to 2012, but there has been a significant decline in the number of students registering for tertiary ICT courses, so the Australian government is taking steps to fill these skill gaps.