One of the most sought after places for settlement in the world, Australia has made several changes in its immigration policies as it was the main topic of political discussion of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who also gave away indications of the immigration getting slashed at some states on one hand while providing employment facility on the other. Below mentioned are the Changes in Immigration Policies by Australian Govt.
Changes in Immigration Policies by Australian Govt.-Region Wise Immigration
- The focus is on the regional immigration, in which the immigration officer David Coleman stressed on the immigration in the required states more than other things.
- He added that the government is working on improving the immigration program to suit the needs of particular locations which in turn has opened pathways of the immigrants with limited English and mediocre skills.
- It focused on giving services or in better words providing security to the immigrants from their sponsors in case of families and old people.
Changes in Sponsoring Parent Visa
The meeting also talked about easing out rules for parents who are visiting their children settled in Australia, which will enable a temporary visa to be allowed for a period of 3 to 5 years against a fee of 5000 to 10000 dollars respectively. The sponsoring children shall have to make sure that the parents have health insurance and do not incur any healthcare debt.
Changes in Capping the Number of Immigrants-
Prime Minister also talked about capping off the immigrants’ number according to the states concerned. He said it would be better to give the rights of deciding on how many visas to issue to the particular states rather than deciding on a whole which in turn would facilitate the concerned state or sector to limit the number of immigrants as per their requirements. This change shall solve the problem of one state having surplus immigrants while the other craving for it.
Now 2 Step Verification is Required for the Spouses Traveling on Partner Visas-
Families traveling on partner visas are now required to go through a two-step verification, in which the partner would be accessed before allowing them to sponsor the visa. This way they can ensure that the sponsors do not harass the immigrants and be helped in every suitable way.
Significant relief for the Business people-No Investment Proof for Business Visa
Another relief came in the business sector where it would no longer be required for the individuals to present their capital outlay to get the business visas which was the case earlier. This change is being done to boost the economic sector of the weak areas of South Australia.
Opposition Opposed the Changes Regarding Australian Citizenship-
The Prime Minister also talked about the changes that the federal government has been trying to implement for the people to get Australian citizenships but has been opposed by the opposition on the same thereby delaying it since.