Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More OFWs for Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that Australian companies are looking forward in hiring foreign workers, especially Filipinos, due to the skills shortage of the country.

With regards to this, the DFA warns Filipinos to be wary of individuals who are posing as recruiters. They said that Australian companies who want to hire Filipino workers must coordinate with a Philippine recruitment agency accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

Workers who have been hired illegally are prone to abuses, hazards, and risks. They will we deported and also blacklisted to re-entry in Australia when caught.

Foreign workers who will be hired, according to the Australian law, will not pay for their travel and Australian administrative fees in entering Australia. The company is responsible for all the expenses of the workers, the Australian embassy in Manila said.

The Australian government will issue a “Temporary Business Long Stay Visa,” also known as the “Standard Business Sponsorship Subclass 457 Visa” or the “457 Visa,” to companies and this will be granted to foreign workers that will be hired.

The 457 Visa does not give foreign workers permanent residency, this only allows foreigner to work in Australia for a period of six months to four years.
For inquiries and complaint you can email the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) at nsw.457Jntegrity@fmmi.–

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