Strict visa controls will make applications quicker for genuine holders in Australia

by Ray Clancy on January 5, 2018

in Australia Immigration

There is likely to be more strict controls on visas in Australia in 2018 with the Immigration Department introducing a new visa risk assessment programme.

As well as helping to identify undesirables before they enter the country it is also good news for valid visa holders as it will make their progress faster.


The programme aims to consolidate broad ranging immigration and border information that allows risks to be assessed through targeted intelligence so that undesirables are detected before they even enter the country.

It will also allow officials to identify potential issues earlier to enable swifter action, such as visa cancellations, earlier in the process. It also includes the capability to identify low risk visa applicants, providing a more streamlined process and improved customer experience.

‘The Department and its frontline law enforcement agency, the Australian Border Force, is committed to ensuring the integrity of Australia’s migration and visa programmes,’ the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s annual report says.

‘We are engaged in regular operations around the country, targeting individuals who have overstayed their visa and companies who are either employing non-citizens who do not have work rights, or those engaged in worker exploitation across a wide range of industries,’ it points out.

DIBP figures show that there were 15,885 cases of unlawful non-citizens detected, including 2,268 illegal workers and 57,161 visas were cancelled for various reasons.

Most newcomers to Australia were from India with 38,854 visas, or 21.1% of the overall immigration figures, followed by China with 28,293 or 14.4% of visas and then the UK with 17,038 or 9.3%.

In terms of regions, Southern Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, accounted for 30.2% of immigration, a slight decrease from the 30.9% recorded in 2015.

Chinese Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Mongolia provided 17.1% of newcomers, up from 16.9% while the UK has seen numbers decline since 2006.

Within Australia the locations were most immigrants go are led by New South Wales with 33.5% or 61,470, followed by Victoria with 25.9% or 47,549 people, then Queensland with 11.7% or 21,519 and Western Australia with 10.3% or 18,908.

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