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Changes in Australian Immigration this year

November 2013, 03
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During the past years there have been lot of changes in Australia for the immigration officials and visa applicants who also have to face a very challenging environment. Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) name changed from The Department of Immigration and Citizenship annual report of 2012/2013 says that its a very busy year for them full of activities.
 
They approved nearly 4.7 million visa application which include temporary and permanent visas, had to manage 33 million movements of their boards and also almost  2.5 million calls were answered at their call centres.The DIBP secretary said that the change is a very unprecedented change for the whole department and the employees and everyone now is operating in a very challenging environment where all the operations are very unpredictable. 
 
The annual report highlighted there there is a huge rise in citizenship applications. More than 120,000 people have become Australian citizens out of which recorded 17.059 were on Australia Day. Bowles also said that people are complying with the Australian migration system, and more than 99% from the 5.1 million temporary entrants which entered Australia during that year complied with their visa rules.
 
Compliance without the visa conditions has to be voluntary, but compliance officers caught 15,000 acts of illegal citizens said Bowles. SillsSelect which was introduced in July 2012 has contributed a lot to the migration system as number of people arriving not the skilled migration selection system grew from 5000 to 190,000 in 2012-2013.
 
The temporary residence programme was also launched with new initiatives, in which the investor visa was created to allure foreign investment into the country of minimum $ 5 million. Bowles said that the  department wants to make the future of Australia prosperous and rich. The main pillar of Australia's past and future is migration. A source of huge debate too. As we are progressing throughout the 21st century it is of utmost importance that Australia be fully involved into the national conversation of immigration.
 
The significant investor visa was introduced to allure foreign investment by individuals who are of high net worth and could invest a minimum of $ 5 million in certain investments in Australia, they would than be eligible to permanent residency in Australia after they have stayed on provisional visa for four years and maintained their investment in the country for four years.

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