Australian visa backlog reduced to 2 million treaties


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Former Under Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office Stephanie Foster was appointed Associate Secretary for Immigration this week. She will work to prioritize immigration and visa policy within the department.

About 2.2 million new visa applications have been received since June 1, compared to almost 495,000 for the same period in 2021, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Giles said Labor’s early efforts to reduce the visa backlog were bearing fruit, with the number of unprocessed applications standing at 880,000.

The backlog stood at 962,000 active non-humanitarian applications when the Labor Party took office, including 571,000 temporary visas, nearly 150,000 qualified visas and 232,000 family applications.

The median short-term temporary qualified visa currently takes 66 days to finalize, down from 53 days in March, but down from the peak of 83 days when Labor came to power.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said processing outstanding visas is a priority, and Labor has reassigned officials from other functions to clear the backlog.

The government also pledged $36 million in additional funding at the September Jobs and Skills Summit to hire 500 additional staff over the next nine months to process visas.

Home Secretary Clare O’Neil has announced plans for a six-month review of the country’s migration programme, with the appointment of three senior Australians to lead the inquiry expected shortly.

When the Labor Party came into government in May, department officials warned that the visa backlog would not be resolved without an expansion of the country’s immigration program as shortages of overseas processing staff have increased visa processing times.

The department told Ms O’Neil and Mr Giles that taxpayers could also be liable for billions of dollars when two immigration mega-contracts worth nearly $4.5 billion expire next year. next.

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