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Public consultations for modernizing Australia visa system conclude

Public consultations for modernizing Australia visa system have concluded on September 15, 2017. The consultations have comprised of a wide engagement program with visa and immigration stakeholders, public community and industry. The overseas partners of the DIBP were also involved in the interactions.

Written submissions were accepted from the diverse stakeholders and the DIBP has released a consultation paper on policy. This has been done to support the stakeholders and the public in offering a response to the modernization of Australia visa system. Online submissions have also been accepted through digital web forms, as quoted by the Border Gov Au.

The proposed reforms for simplifying Australia visa system are very significant. The Immigration Department has said that these will be implemented in adherence with international obligations of Australia.

DIBP has already commenced work to optimize the citizenship and visa delivery services. It is utilizing advanced technologies to make the visa system user-friendly for applicants and businesses. It is a betterment program for service delivery by the department for a long-term.

Australian Government had asked the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to transform the Australia visa system. It was given the mandate to make it easier for understanding and navigation for the applicants. The responsiveness to security, social and economic interests had also to be enhanced.

The aspects considered by the consultations include:

• The possibility of reducing the visa categories to 10 from the current 99 categories

• The definition for long-term permanent residence and temporary entry

• The role of provisional residence in increasing the visa system integrity

• Reduction of the taxpayers’ burden

• Making certain that the visa system accentuates Australia as an attractive and competitive destination for long-term and temporary entrants

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