Arrivals of skilled migrants on Australian shores are continuing to boom throughout the years. As of the year 2013, arrivals are at a whole new high and don’t appear to be declining.

Data recently released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics reveals that in the gap between January 2011 and August 2013, long-term arrivals increased by 55%. The statistics report a total of 680,200 permanent and long-term arrivals graced Australian shores in the year up to August 2013.

Long-term arrivals consist of skilled migrants arriving on the very popular and sought after Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa, as well as various other long-term but temporary visas.

On the note of Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visas, approximately 30% of Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders eventually apply for and are granted permanent residency. This suggests that permanent immigration levels remain at considerably high levels.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa is a temporary visa that can be valid for up to four years. However, after two years spent on this visa, holders are given opportunities to transition onto a permanent residency visa such as the Regional Sponsored Migration Stream.

Continuously booming within the resources sector, the state of Western Australia is attracting more and more skilled migrants to the area. In a recent report released by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australian (CME) prepared alongside KPMG, it was found that the resources sector (mining boom) is the largest employer in the state. The report also concludes that the Western Australian resources sector is the largest contributing sector to the Australia wide economy.

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