16 May 2008
Parent visas in Australia increased to encourage immigration
The number of parent visas in Australia has been increased in the recent expansion of the Australian immigration system. Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced the number of parent Australian visas will increase by 4,000.
It will make the total for the 2008-09 period 6,500, which is an increase of 3,500. With the number of old-style parent visas, subclass 103 and 804, increasing by 1,000 to create a total of 2,000. Homes Worldwide recently reported that the existing number of parent visas had been filled six months into the year, meaning the demand for these visas to Australia is far greater than the previous capacity for them.
However, the website debates whether the increased figure will be sufficient to cater for all the people wanting an Australian visa and whether more support will be needed in the processing centres that determine whether Australian visa applicants meet the Australian visa requirements.
In other news regarding the expansion of the Australian immigration programme, Senator Evans also announced an increase of 30,000 skilled visa places; the largest ever allocation of places for Australian skilled migration.
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.