Australian govt simplifies temporary work visas

The government will make it simpler for people to apply for a specialist temporary work visa, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced last week.

‘The government is delivering on a pledge to simplify the application process by halving the number of specialist temporary work visa subclasses from 17 to eight,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘On 24 November, we will roll out a simplified specialist temporary work visa framework as part of the Government’s Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership: Simpler Visas.

‘This initiative seeks to make it easier for people to understand and engage with Australia’s visa requirements.’

‘Criteria across these visas have been standardised to provide a more consistent approach to requirements to reduce unnecessary complexity for applicants and decision makers.

‘People eligible for entry under current arrangements will remain so under the simplified specialist temporary work visa framework.

Specialist temporary work visas include religious workers, diplomats, visiting academics and entertainers.

The 457 visa program will be unaffected by the changes.

The Skilled and Business Migration program has been simplified under skilled migration visa reforms, including the introduction of SkillSelect, a consolidated skilled occupations list, and a reduction from 28 to 11 visa subclasses.

The government also plans to halve the total number of visa subclasses by 2015, having already reduced the number of work and skilled visa subclasses by 58 per cent this year.

Category: Australian Visas
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