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The Australian Department of Immigration and citizenship has issued a new skilled occupation list. The number of skilled occupations for immigrants has been reduced from more than 400 to 181. It's likely to hit many Chinese people wanting to move to the country.
Audrey Bao, has been studying in Australia since 2005. Now she is preparing to apply to move permanently to the country. She visits an immigration center to find out more. But she discovers it's not that easy.
It's a new immigration policy which is troubling people such as Audrey. Related organizations explain the new policy.
Sun Qiang, marketing director of Australia Education Alliance, said, "Firstly, the new policy reduced the quota of skilled migration including GSM, ENS and RSMS. Secondly, applicant job position should be accorded with your work experience. Thirdly, Awarded marks given to those independent skill migration applicants with high English skill."
Under the new immigration policy, Chinese immigration companies are also affected. In this company, there have been no Australian immigration applications for about three months. However he isn't that worried.
Li Feng, lawyer of Immigration Center, said, "This reform has been made according to the current market in Australia. We noticed that the immigration number rises next year. So in the long run, it has little effect on the immigration industry. Overseas students in Australia also don't need to worry a lot. They might change to surety immigration."
Some popular occupations like lawyer, accountant and translator are also not found in the SOL. Students who are preparing to study in Australia are also confused.
Zhong Pingsheng, director of Aoji Education Group,said, "What attracts parents and students is Australia's advanced education. So the immigration policy reform has little impact on preparations to study abroad. People needn't worry too much as talents are still welcome in Australia. In my opinion,students' final aim should be to improve themselves, not just emigrate."