17 December 2010

Temporary Australian Visa process to be simplified

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The Australian Government has affirmed its commitment to simplifying the temporary Australian work visa process.

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The Australia Immigration department hopes to make the visa process much simpler in the near future.

The Australia immigration Minister Chris Bowen, and Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Senator Nick Sherry, have announced a  simplified model for temporary Australian Visas in a discussion paper, Implementing a simpler framework for temporary residence work visas.

The discussion paper can be viewed here.

The government has considered submissions made in response to the initial discussion paper released on 4 June 2010, and has drawn up its proposed model for Australia visa simplification.

“The government has committed to reducing the number of temporary work visas by 50 per cent by 2012 and to target a 50 per cent reduction in the total number of visa subclasses by 2015,” Mr Bowen said.

The final settings for simplified temporary work visas will be decided after further public consultation, based on feedback to this latest discussion paper.’

The proposed model reduces the number of temporary work visas from 18 to nine by merging common regulatory requirements, and removing regulations where they are assessed as being no longer required.

Interested parties are encouraged to read the proposal and provide comments by 4 February 2011. 

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