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Visa reform continuing in Australia

by Ray Clancy on November 29, 2016

in Australia Immigration

Visa and citizenship reform is essential in Australia to make sure that the people moving to the country and living there permanently have the right to do so, according to the head of immigration.

Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) also warned that visas will be cancelled if holders are found to be in breach of their terms.

australia visa stampHe revealed that more than 60,000 visas were cancelled in the 2015/2016 financial year which were due to a variety of reasons including more than 15,000 overstaying and 1,900 illegal workers.

He believes that the current visa programmes are too complicated. ‘Visa reform is essential to address the complexity of the current visa framework and modernise for future growth,’ he told a recent Senate Estimates Committee

Some changes are either already in place or will be soon, including four new work visas in place of the existing temporary work visas and training and research visas.

There is also a new subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa which allows workers to enter Australia to undertake short term, specialised work of a fixed duration as well as participate in activities related to Australia’s interests.

A number of new innovative tourist visas will also be introduced before the end of the year, including a 10-year multiple entry visa which will have a three month stay period starting off with a pilot for Chinese citizens but likely to be extended.

There have also been a number of new visas already introduced including a simplified student visa framework designed to ensure Australia’s student visa programme remains internationally competitive while encouraging sustainable growth. Pezzullo said that it has simplified the visa application process for genuine students, reduced red tape for business, and bolstered immigration integrity.

A new entrepreneur visa was introduced in September and the points test for skilled migration has been amended.

‘An effective immigration compliance and enforcement capability is required to prevent, deter and manage the small minority of individuals who either do not comply with their visa conditions, or pose certain risks,’ Pezzullo explained.

‘We manage people at the border and also implement awareness and monitoring campaigns to maximise voluntary compliance by individuals, sponsors and businesses with legislated obligations,’ he added.

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