Migration agents do not support paid-for permanent visas for Australia

by Ray Clancy on November 17, 2015

in Australia Immigration

Migration experts have rejected a proposal to sell visas, charging $40,000 per application and raising money for the Treasury to fund tax cuts and benefit the economy.

The idea was put forward by Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm, who said $7.5 billion could be raised from the sale of permanent visas and the government could offer applicants loans.

VISAUS200But it is not a popular policy and has already been rejected by the Productivity Commission and now the Migration Institute of Australia has also said it is not in favour of such a move.

Leyonhjelm suggested that it could fund tax cuts and address skills shortages in regional areas by encouraging communities to sponsor skilled migrants in exchange for their labour.

‘In recent years, people from the poorest countries have paid tens of thousands of dollars to get to Australia, and risked their lives to get here,’ he said.

‘Australia could offer loans in the same way that we offer loans to poor university students, placing a value on immigration will encourage hard working immigrants and create greater acceptance of them,’ he added.

‘The Migration Institute of Australia strongly opposed the call by Senator Leyonhjelm to allow people to migrate to Australia on the basis that they be required to pay an exorbitant amount for their visas,’ said MIA national president Angela Chan.

Other recommendations that the Migration Institute of Australia supports are improving assistance to partners of skilled migrants so they better understand Australia’s job market and gain employment and removing unnecessary barriers to immigrants’ labour market integration such as better processes to have their legitimate qualifications recognised in Australia. The MIA also back improving the targeting of visas to areas of genuine skills shortages.

‘Skilled migration, family reunion and humanitarian migration have been the cornerstone of Australia’s migration policy which has always endeavoured to be fair and equitable to ensure the best outcome for Australia,’ said Chan.

‘People have to feel confident in the integrity of the migration programme and the suggestion of only allowing people to migrate to Australia because of their financial capacity is short sighted and not in the best interest of the community,’ she explained.

‘The Productivity Commission has taken into account many of the suggestions that were provided in our submission and has noted that Australia’s current immigration system works well by international standards,’ she added.

However, the MIA does not support the abolition of the Investor Visa Stream. Chan said that this category still allows for a small number of people who wish to contribute positively to Australia’s economy to continue to do so.

In the coming weeks the Migration Institute of Australia will be reaching out to their members to compile its submission for the final report expected in March 2016.

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Ram Singh November 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm

what about the families been living here in australia for 7-8 yrs. these people came as a overseas students here . Been working on tax and pay nearly 8-10 thousands dollars tax to the ATO and pay the fee for thei kids. they get cheated by some employers . what the goverment is doing for those people.

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