Department of Immigration and Border Force Protection will now be known as the Department of Home Affairs. This is after the merger of emergency management, criminal justice, national transport security, federal law enforcement, and immigration agencies of Australia.
The merger of diverse government agencies in Australia will result in closer affinity between immigration and other federal security agencies. This may also result in enhanced scrutiny of visa applications for factors such as identity. It will also be more firmly assessed whether the applicants possess genuine intentions. Enhanced scrutiny of information provided by visa applicants for authenticity is also possible.
Meanwhile, there has been a hike in funds requisite for some Australia Student Visa applications. The applicants will have to demonstrate that they possess adequate funds while residing in Australia for studies.
The minimum funds’ hike will be effective from February 1, 2018. This was announced by the Department of Home Affairs. The hike begins from 2.3% and will be variable based on consumer price index in Australia, as quoted by the ACACIA AU.
The hike in funds will be as follows: Guardian or main student – 20, 290 dollars; Spouse of Partner – 7,100 dollars; each child- 3, 040 dollars.
The Australian immigration scenario will also transform in diverse other ways in the coming months of 2018. It may result in an increase in visa applications that are submitted prior to the changes getting effective.
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