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Old 09-08-2013, 04:30 AM
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Australia under new management !!!

Whats your thoughts about Tonny's government in relation to our visas !!"

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It would be quite awhile before if or when we see any changes, but really would not hold my breath on that one! They need to clear all the refugees that are waiting in detention centres, which could take resources away from other visas ie. partner visas. However, once they are cleared that could free up some resources for the partner visas within in Australia ie. case officers and ASIO.

Also the other thing that there is talk that there will be alot of public servants being sacked. Which department they will come from, who knows? They might even sack any from DIAC, no body knows. When liberal got voted in, in Queensland alot of people I know that lost their jobs were on contract work and not permanent employees. My guess is that when they are looking at sacking someone they will look at the non-ongoings first as with the permanent employees it costs them more money because they need to be paid money for each year of service.


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Yea that makes sense.


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I've spoken with Scott Morrison, who is expected to be the new immigration minister, and find him to be a very down-to-earth, practical person. I think we'll see far less "politics" involved in the immigration program, and needless to say the unions won't be playing sock-puppet with the new government, so anti-immigrant stunts like the 457 "crackdown" will hopefully not be repeated. The Liberal party is pro-business, and I hope that means a more balanced approach to employer sponsored and skilled immigration, and an end to the smears against foreign workers we've seen over the last 6 months.

I also hope that Scott will do what he can to help solve some of the processing problems at DIAC, especially the blow-out in the time it takes to process onshore visas such as partner visas. Once the system is not swamped with refugee visa applicants, I'm hopeful we'll see a return to more reasonable processing times.

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Thanks Mark for the infor !


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The Liberal party is pro-business, and I hope that means a more balanced approach to employer sponsored and skilled immigration, and an end to the smears against foreign workers we've seen over the last 6 months.
Aside from my own political views, I can't believe I didn't think of this - it's obvious. Liberals would probably end up helping the skilled immigration quite a bit, whatever 'helping' means, considering the fairly business/profit-driven liberal view.

I've been wondering all day what this will mean for us - us being all of us on this forum, but also specifically "us" partners. I can't seem to predict if this change will have an effect on partner visas. They are less profitable in the long run I presume, but might they suffer?

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I also hope that Scott will do what he can to help solve some of the processing problems at DIAC, especially the blow-out in the time it takes to process onshore visas such as partner visas. Once the system is not swamped with refugee visa applicants, I'm hopeful we'll see a return to more reasonable processing times.

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It is good to hear this from someone who knows who they are talking about. Everything comes at a price, though, and I am curious to see how he will speed up the processing time - because a way to do this is to simply influence a lesser number of applications, is it not? Making higher standards for applicants means less applications means faster processing. Do you think there is a chance this may happen?

I have to be honest, the Australian political system is very confusing to me. I also have to admit I have not very much tried to clear up that confusion, considering I don't even know if I'll ever be allowed to vote here... I do not want to get my hopes up. If I am let in I will be as politically involved as I was in the Netherlands, which is quite involved. This system looks confusing to me because it strikes me as two-party like in the US, but I know it's not the same.

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I have to be honest, the Australian political system is very confusing to me. I also have to admit I have not very much tried to clear up that confusion, considering I don't even know if I'll ever be allowed to vote here... I do not want to get my hopes up. If I am let in I will be as politically involved as I was in the Netherlands, which is quite involved. This system looks confusing to me because it strikes me as two-party like in the US, but I know it's not the same.
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Hi Nelly -

My thought is that a new government will want to try and cut the "red tape" and introduce more efficiency into DIAC's operation - that's a general theme of the Liberal party. As to the comparison with the US, it's quite different - especially given the "preferences" system that essentially is an allocation scheme for what's done with the votes for candidates - google this to learn more and prepare to study it a bit!

As for partner visas, I hope DIAC will finally implement online partner visa applications as as been long-promised. My question, though, is whether we will see an English requirement introduced into the partner and fiance visa scheme - my guess is that there is at least a 50% chance of this under the new government. Scott Morrison has made it clear that he believes one of the most important factors in a person's ability to assimilate into Australian culture is a working ability of English, and he's also said that as a person stays here over time, evidence of an improvement in English ability is something he believes is important in order to be able to assimilate effectively into Australian culture.

Hope this helps - should be an interesting time over the next 12 months!

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Hi Mark!

Thank you for the explanation! From your knowledge do you think there is a chance Liberal would consider a system where Australian partner-sponsors would have to have a certain income to bring in a partner? We have this policy in The Netherlands (I would have to have a permanent contract and make more than minimum wage, and have been in the position for over a year to be able to bring in a partner) and it stemmed from our liberal party. Though "liberal" in one country can be different from "liberal" in another country, and obviously they fit differently into different societies and economies.

Mish - thanks for your response I realized I need to be a citizen I just meant I don't know if I will ever be a citizen considering we're still awaiting our 820 Temporary Partner verdict! I do not want to get my hopes up of ever being able to vote before we're even through the first stage.

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Old 09-08-2013, 09:27 AM
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Hard to say re: partner income requirement. It's hard to implement requirements that, if not met, would essentially force the sponsor to leave Australia to be with his/her partner - that's counterproductive. Liberal in Australia is somewhat akin to the meaning in the UK, and is opposite to the meaning in the USA.

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