Australia has seen an increase in the number of Irish immigrants by 33% in the last year. The Australian Department of immigration and Citizenship issued around 22,788 visas in the year before last June. The previous year recorded a number of 17, 120 visas.
The most common of the visas issued has been the Working Holiday visa which has been identified as a “Rite of Passage” for the Irish youth as claimed by the Australian embassy in Ireland. Under this program, people between the age group of 18 to 30 years old are permitted to live in Australia for a year and work with the same employer for atleast 6 months. This visa could be extended for the second consecutive year. However, the applicant must be working for a minimum of three months in a particular field such as construction etc.
In the last four years, the number of candidates applying for this particular visa has significantly increased to 81%. It was also found that New South Wales is the favorite destination for employment in Australia. Here, more than 5,315 Irish people settled last year.
In addition to the above, the number of Irish applicants who applied for the sponsored business visa has also risen by 8%. By this program, an Australian employer is enabled to hire foreign skilled migrants for up to 4 consecutive years. Under this program, almost 2,080 Irish candidates were approved for this visa in the year 2007 – 08. Similarly, in 2008 – 09, the number of visas issued went up to 2,240. It has to be noted here that of all the countries in the world, Ireland could only avail this particular scheme.
Recession could be considered as the main reason for immigration in such great numbers. This has led to scarcity of jobs to such an extent that immigration is the only option left. Secondly, most of the people end up loving Australia so much that they refuse to come back. With this is the multicultural ambiance of the country which attracts people from different ethnicities to come, live and work in Australia.
Thus, be it of any origin, Australia caters to one and all. So, contact an Immigration and Visa Expert to know more about Australian Immigration.