Australia has good news for skilled immigrants. To help ease a shortage of skilled workers, Australian immigration minister Andrew Giles has ordered Home Affairs to accelerate the visa application process. Australia will fast-track visa applications of skilled immigrants in Australia.
Quick visa processing was expected from the new government and we’re getting its indicators as well. The new minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, prioritized clearing the long pending list of visa applications.
Immigrants have been waiting for years for their visas to be processed. However, Andrew Giles has started giving instructions to prioritize the visa processing system. Australia will speed up the processing time for outstanding applications as well as new applications.
Fast-Track Visa Applications – Statements by Andrew Giles!
Regarding the delay in visa processing, Andrew Giles stated that the extraordinary delay in visa processing was due to the former Australian Government and community. The issue of delayed visa processing has been for years.
According to the new minister, Andrew Giles:
Processing outstanding visa applications is a priority for the Australian government. I have raised my concerns with the current state of visa processing with the Department of Home Affairs.
The Labor government has always raised the issue of late visa processing time. It has been supporting the fairer visa processing system for immigrants in Australia. So, it’s expected that the processing time will be improved in the future by the new Australian government.
He further added:
We are committed to ensuring that visa applications are processed in a timely manner.
In his explanation, the previous government didn’t provide any stats or data on the number of skilled worker visa applications. Though, the number of temporary skilled visa holders has dropped in Australia. In 2014, Australia had 195,000 skilled visa holders. These skilled visa holders have fallen from 195,000 to 96,000 in 2022.
Number of Skilled Work Visa holders dropped from 195,000 in 2014 to 96,000 in 2020.
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Andrew McKellar on Fast-Track Visa Applications
The chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Andrew McKellar, said businesses in Australia were dealing with extended visa processing for skilled migrants. According to Andrew McKellar, more resources are required to decrease long visa processing times.
Andrew McKellar stated:
The current delays just aren’t good enough when so many businesses are left without staff and therefore can’t afford to stay open.
To make the skilled migration system more accessible and responsible, we need to open employer sponsored migration up to all skilled occupations.
Fast-Track Visa Applications – Final Words!
According to Andrew Giles, the new minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, the new government plans to clear the visa applications backlog. The new Government will address the shortages of skilled workers in the country.
Andrew Giles has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to speed up the visa processing system. So, we can expect some good initiatives from the new Government. For people who’re currently stuck with their Australian visa application process, you can book a consultation with us for your solution.
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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.
Consult with me for legal advice on Australian visas to permanently live, study, and work in Australia.