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Old 05-18-2014, 12:44 AM
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Why 12 month waiting times?

There is plenty of money to employ more staff for visa's processing. It is certainly very profitable for them:- from 2 May 2014.

The Commission of Audit has also recommended Australia introduce fees for consular services and consider further outsourcing of passport production.

The Commission of Audit says the cost of processing visas is $AUD520 million a year, while fees generated from Visa Application charges exceed $1.1 billion.

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I'm guessing that visa processing fees go into a general immigration/border security envelope and/or is added to general revenue. They also need to pay the astronomical costs of keeping asylum seekers in offshore detention centres. It would all come under the border security umbrella and be funded, in part, by visa processing fees.

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Visa processing staff is just a fraction of the costs that immigration have to pay. There are alot of behind the scene costs.

Sorry but I find it offensive saying that immigration can afford to pay more staff when other government departments are losing staff and they are cutting funding to health and education.

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Visa processing staff is just a fraction of the costs that immigration have to pay. There are alot of behind the scene costs.

Sorry but I find it offensive saying that immigration can afford to pay more staff when other government departments are losing staff and they are cutting funding to health and education.
I agree Mish, it is a very simplistic view of the overall situation.
There is far more to the cost of the running of an overseas post than the cost of issuing visas.
In an ideal world the veracity of a visa application would not be questioned, however the world is far from ideal and posts on this very forum indicate that people will go to any length to misrepresent themselves or their true relationship to secure the grant of a visa.
It is this unfortunate situation that requires every visa application to be approached with suspicion, and what adds to the processing time.

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Don't get me started on cuts to health! I'm pregnant and emotional and probably won't even have a job after this baby is born, if I'm lucky I'll get casual pool. But it's ok, if my marriage winds up on the rocks, at least we can access $200 worth of free marital counselling....despite various non-profits offering counselling on a sliding income scale including for free already.

Visa processing time is really the last of my concerns at this time. Although I completely disagree with further outsourcing of passports. If they offload that job to an offshore post, it means cutting more jobs and taking more money from the economy.

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Simply the visa fee is from non citizens that are paying for a service - not Australia's immigration or economic problems at the time.

They say the fee reflect closer to the actual cost of processing, as governments are experts in cost and time analysis it is fair to assume the figure is not just labour at an overseas embassy in the cost stated ( or there is a public service job for review).

This is the reason given to the last BIG increase.

Bowen said that the new visa fee system is to ensure taxpayers are no longer subsidising visa applications. The current fees do not cover the full cost of processing the applications.

"These changes will bring Australia's visa application charges in line with comparable countries. The user-pays approach means that taxpayers will no longer need to subsidise visa applicants," he said.


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What they are saying is that prior to the increase, taxpayers were subsidising immigration. That may have taken many forms, including the salaries of people who work at the overseas embassies, plus their housing and medical costs, which are fees not directly related to visa processing costs, but are still necessary costs. It's saying that with the old fee structure, taxpayers were footing the bill for part of the costs associated with our immigration programs.

They haven't given a breakdown of actual costs, but presumably, the new fee structure means that less money is coming from general taxation revenue Ie, that the visa program pays for itself. Seems like they wouldn't have money to inject into hiring more case officers without dipping into general revenue, which means money would need to be taken from other publicly funded programs to be allocated to immigration programs.

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