Australia government for simplifying of Australian visa system
Australia, 5th June: The government of Australia has stated that the Australian visa system requires to be made simpler.
The plans of the government include halving the categories of Australian visas so as to enable prospective Australian immigrants to decide which Australian visa they should apply for.
Presently, there are nearly 149 categories of different Australian visas under the current Australian immigration system.
The government wants to get feedback of the community before taking any decision regarding Australian visas by 2012 and it has recently released a discussion paper for knowing the views of public.
Speaking about the plans of the Australian government, Australian immigration minister Chris Evans said that reducing the number of Australian visa categories will help in making the Australian visa process far less confusing and chaotic for not just individuals but even for businesses.
Main aim of the Australian government is, undoubtedly, to cut red tape in the nation, however, Evans maintained that the government feels committed to maintain integrity and border security of Australian visa system.
Initially, the Australian government will cut Australian temporary work visas by nearly 50 percent by the year 2012, and will work towards bringing 50 percent cut in the number of subclasses of Australian visas.
Presently, Australian visa system has nearly 90 visa categories apart from 149 visa subclasses.
Simplification of Australian visas will be done as part of Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership, an integral part of the deregulation program of the Australian government. The process of simplification of Australian visa system will be undertaken while keeping the needs of the clients and the policies of the government in mind.
Lindsay Tanner, Australian Finance Minister stated this Friday that Australian immigration happens to be a vital source of providing skilled labor to Australian economy which helps in bringing improvements in the productivity and growth of the nation.
The recently announced new SOL (skilled occupation list) by the Australian government had excluded several professions from its range brining down the total number of professions from 400 to 181. This is likely to bring down net Australian immigration by nearly 20 percent by the mid next year.