23 May 2008

Australian immigration system needs improving for applicants

Immigration in Australian needs to be the centre of a "great national debate" and should undergo a "serious overhaul" according to the Australian government. Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and citizenship, told thinkingaustralia.com the system is outdated and needs improving for the benefit of new applicants of Australian visas

"The system's creaking at the moment because it is unresponsive to new demands and new realities," he said, adding that the government plans to alter some aspects of it. Senator Evans also highlighted the need for more Australian visa holders, as "the demands of business are hitting us in the face".

He particularly cited West Australia as an area which has acute shortages and urgently needs more immigration to the region, reports the website. He added that skills are vital and immigration is the key to this. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said the recent increases in the number of Australian visas will help deal with both long-term and short-term skills needs.

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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