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Published on May 25th, 2011 | by john.weir

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Australia springs skilled migration surprise

The Australian government plans to increase the independent skilled migrant category by almost 30 per cent.

In a surprise development, the government’s 2011-12 migration program projects a 29.6 per cent increase in places to 44,350. Many commentators have expressed surprise at the increase given that the federal government had been expected to radically cut back this category after reviewing visa grants to low-skilled overseas students.

It is expected that the government will use the extra places to clear a backlog of applicants – many of whom are students - who are in the visa system, ahead of the new visa regulations which come into force on the 1st July. University leaders have haild the development, saying that more places in the independent category, together with the new points test, would help universities replace retiring academics and hang on to promising post-graduate students.

If you want to find out what opportunities there are in Australia, then come to Down Under Live in London on the 17th and 18th September 2011.

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