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The Government is urging ex-pats to come home but their pleas are falling on deaf ears and Ireland is now sixth in the list of countries applying to make Oz their permanent home
June 1, 2015 The Irish love affair with Australia is far from over as the number of emigrants applying for permanent residency Down Under has rocketed. And the main draw is the fact that there are plenty of jobs. The Government is urging ex-pats to come home but their pleas are falling on deaf ears and Ireland is now sixth in the list of countries applying to make Oz their permanent home.
Last year, a staggering 6,171 Irish emigrants applied for permanent residency in Australia, up more than 3% from 2013.
And that saw the Emerald Isle jump from eighth to sixth on the list of countries applying to make Oz their permanent base.
But itâ€™s not only permanent residency visas that the Irish are snapping up as figures show we also accounted for 6% of the 457 visas granted by Australian Immigration in 2014 - fourth on the international list.
A migration expert revealed: â€œThe number of traditional permanent migrants in Australia is growing significantly with estimates revealing that this yearâ€™s intake is likely to surpass the existing record of 185,000, which was set in 1969.
â€œWe have looked for figures to ascertain the Irish element of this and we have found that there has been an increase in the numbers Irish applying for Permanent residency in Australian - we have jumped from 8th position last year to 6th position this year which is 3.2% of total.
â€œFor a country the size of ours that is a sizeable portion.â€
The expert added: â€œThe huge levels of Irish and other nationalities looking to work and live in Australia presents both opportunities and challenges for the country and so they are very focused on crafting an immigration programme in which â€˜migrants enjoy high levels of economic participation, as distinct from high levels of social exclusion and welfare-dependency, immigration has beneficial impacts in terms of growth in the demand for goods and services; increases in national income, and living standards; improved labour participation; expansion of the economyâ€™s productive capacity; and growth in household consumption and public revenuesâ€™.â€
â€œSome of the key reasons why Australia continues to be a powerful draw for the Irish are the fact that many know people that are already out there. The language and culture is the same/similar to Ireland and most importantly Australia has jobs.â€
Although permanent residency visas and the increasingly-popular one-year Working Holiday variety are very common among the Irish, theyâ€™re not the only type of visa available to those hoping to move to Australia for work.
The expert explained: â€œAll too often we have encountered people who think that because they are over the age of 30 or because they have already used their one-year working holiday visa, then they are excluded from subsequently being granted a working visa for Australia.
â€œHowever this is not the case â€“ people are entitled to sponsorship visas provided they have secured employment.â€
The Permanent Residency visa allows a person to live and work indefinitely in Australia but there is also a sponsorship visa which lasts for the duration of the job and can be renewed once you have a job offer for as long as you have an eligible job offer.
The 457 sponsorship visa is one which many Irish people who have travelled to Australia in recent years have been granted, and it entitles the holder to work for an Australian employer and a job offer is required to apply.
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