21 August 2008

Evans: processing of 457 temporary work visas successful

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Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, has said the improvements he made for the faster processing of temporary 457 visas have been successful, reports the Age.

This year, because of a massive backlog of applications for the temporary 457 work visa, Senator Evans opened three centres dedicated to processing temporary visa applications. 

"Earlier this year, I directed the department to clear a backlog of about 13,000 temporary skilled migration visa applications on hand since March, many of which were outside the acceptable standards for processing," he said.

He added, "Applications for temporary skilled visas are now being processed faster and more efficiently at three new dedicated Centres of Excellence established in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to deal with increasing demand by Australian companies for overseas workers to meet skills shortages."

Statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) show that 110,570 temporary visas were granted in the year 2007-08, which is an increase of 23,260 visas.  Of these visas, around 10,000 were granted to accountants and finance professionals, reports the news provider.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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