Employing Overseas Workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

Visas, Migration Solutions, Employing people from overseas, international employment

This article has been written by MW Migration Solutions in Narrogin for the ProcessWorx Newsletter.

It is common knowledge that human resources are one of the most important assets of any organisation. Labour shortages in the farming industry are well documented. Historically employers have had to look beyond the borders of Australia to fill the skills gap and keep their businesses going.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in international and domestic travel restrictions that have been felt deep in the farming industry as farmers have been left grappling for the workers at critical times of their operations.

Many employers have given up the pursuit of skilled overseas workers due to the perceived closure of the Australian borders. The good news is that agriculture is considered a critical industry by the government. This means that foreign nationals with critical skills or working in a critical industry such as agriculture can apply for travel restriction exemption and travel to Australia. In Western Australia, these exempted overseas workers are required to complete the mandatory 14 days quarantine before they can be deployed to their place of work.

Whilst the process may appear daunting and if not impossible for many employers whose skill and passion is really farming, help is not far away! MW Migrations Solutions is a Migration and International Recruitment business based in the Wheatbelt town of Narrogin and has recruitment partners in the Philippines and South Africa providing an end to end (turnkey) recruitment and migration service using experienced and licensed migration agents. Skilled workers can also be sourced from other parts of the world. MW Migration provides service to foreign nationals in Australia with work visa, permanent residence, and citizenship applications.  Service is also provided to employers who require to become registered sponsors for overseas workers or larger organizations that may wish to enter into a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.

Whilst it is important for Australians to get priority in work opportunities and the government has put up incentives for Australians to work in the regions and farming communities, the shortage of skilled workforce has continued to be evident. When overseas recruitment and migration paperwork is handled professionally the experience for the overseas worker and employer has mutual benefits. It is quite important to match the expectations of both the overseas worker and employer to allow for a quick settlement and longer-term employment. Most overseas workers are motivated to succeed and settle well in their adopted country. The farming communities also benefit from the population growth and rich diversities in their community.

To provide migration advice in Australia one must be licensed which means both the overseas workers and employers are protected and can expect a highly professional service.

For overseas recruitment and migration consultations, please contact Hildah Nyemba at 0487932510 or hildah@mwmigration.com.auwww.mwmigration.com.au


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