08 August 2008

Australia in new visa talks with Malaysia

The Australian immigration department has pledged to continue talks with Malaysia on the topic of people-smuggling and human trafficking. Senator Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, travelled to the country to hold talks in Kuala Lumpur today.

He met with the Minister for Home Affairs in Malaysia, Dato Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar, who together decided on plans to improve Australian immigration. Senator Evans said: "This relationship continues to provide positive results on a broad range of issues, from sharing immigration-related information to detecting people-smuggling networks in the region."

He added that the country has re-launched efforts to work together on reducing the number of people attempting to enter without an Australian visa. The country has also agreed a deal with Malaysia to allow a work and holiday visa to operate, meaning residents can gain employment in both countries. A similar deal has recently been announced between Indonesia and Australia.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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