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More Australian visa change is likely after immigration minister visit to the US

by Ray Clancy on May 8, 2017

in Australia Immigration

Change to the respective immigration policies of Australia and the United States could be on the cards after a visit to the US by Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

He met with the US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly at the end of last month and other key figures in the Trump administration.

While no details have been released officially, it is claimed that the meeting provided an opportunity for the two nations to discuss potential joint immigration deals for the future.

Both countries are currently undergoing a tightening of their visa programmes and both have also moved towards making it tougher to become a citizen.

Dutton’s team said that the visit to the US provided an ‘important opportunity to further deepen Australia/United States cooperation on immigration and border security priorities’

They also said that Dutton and Kelly discussed common challenges facing Australia and the United States, including the global threats of terrorism, foreign terrorist fighters and the illegal movement of people and goods across borders.

Dutton has already said that more change is coming. When he announced that the 457 visa programme was being abolished a couple of weeks ago he also said that the Government will announce further measures to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s migration programme and visa systems in the near future.

But he has not given much away from his trip to the US. He issued a statement saying that he views the United States as Australia’s preeminent partner. ‘We are working closely to achieve our shared commitment to the principles of sovereignty, border integrity and managed migration,’ it said.

‘Our likeminded approach to border security, immigration and refugee screening provides us with opportunities to cooperate closely, including through information and intelligence exchange to combat illegal migration and the illicit drug trade,’ he added.

During his visit Dutton also met with key senior United States Administration advisers and Congressional Committee members to discuss bilateral immigration and border security initiatives between the two countries.

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