Visas

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Travel visas


Report

The efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of the processing and granting of visa classes which provide for or allow for family and partner reunions

A key recommendation in this inquiry report is for the Department of Home Affairs to develop a long-term strategy to update its system for the processing of visas, and to improve its efficiency, reduce its complexities, reduce waiting times substantially, and to provide greater transparency...
Report

The detention of refugees following visa refusal or cancellation under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

This is a report setting out the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission) following an inquiry into the detention of refugees who have had their visas cancelled or refused on character grounds under s 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (Migration Act).
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Has the government prioritised Australian workers through the migration program as Alan Tudge says?

The Federal Government is predicting a 30 per cent drop in the number of migrants this financial year, and an 85 per cent drop in 2020-21 (compared with 2018-19). Some argue the coronavirus-induced slump offers an opportunity to rethink Australia's migration program.
Report

Impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of government programs

This report recommends that the Australian government assess all current and future proposals for outsourcing government services against a ‘public interest test’, which includes flow-on economic and employment impacts.
Report

Deportation and sentencing: an emerging area of jurisprudence

This report examines how sentencing courts deal with an offender’s potential deportation from Australia. It summarises the ways that potential deportation can affect an offender’s sentence. It also identifies unresolved issues that courts may need to consider in the context of sentencing offenders who may...
Report

Australia’s partner visa program: reform needed

Permanent residence visas issued to persons sponsored by an Australian resident for a partner visa make up 25% of Australia’s permanent entry migration program. This paper argues that this is because the partner visa is an attractive permanent residence option for the very large number...
Report

The 2019 election and the impending migrant parent deluge

This report explores the implications of the parent visa should it be implemented as implied by the limited information Labor has provided on the rules determining who is eligible. It could result in the issuance of some 200,000 parent visas in the next three years...
Report

Effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages

This inquiry was established to examine the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages.
Article

Settling migrants in regional areas will need more than a visa to succeed

E⁠n⁠c⁠o⁠u⁠r⁠a⁠g⁠i⁠n⁠g⁠ ⁠m⁠i⁠g⁠r⁠a⁠n⁠t⁠s⁠ ⁠t⁠o⁠ ⁠m⁠o⁠v⁠e⁠ ⁠t⁠o⁠ regional areas could be a win-win' scenario,⁠ as long as policymakers pay attention to five key factors.
Working paper

The settlement experience of Pacific migrants in New Zealand: insights from LISNZ and the IDI

New Zealand has a long history of migration from the Pacific. This research uses the Longitudinal Immigration Survey New Zealand (LISNZ) and Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure to focus on differences in outcomes between migrants from different Pacific countries who gained residence approval under...
Report

The report of the Inquiry into review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

Long-term permanent residents of Australia from all countries must understand that they are not protected from possible deportation for criminal activity, regardless of the length of time they have lived in Australia.
Briefing paper

The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, migrant grandparents and transnational family life

This policy brief examines the impacts of tightening family visa pathways for migrant grandparents and transnational family life.
Report

Allegations concerning the inappropriate exercise of ministerial powers, with respect to the visa status of au pairs, and related matters: report

The inquiry relates, in the first instance, to two interventions by the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, under section 195A of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).
Commentary

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got, writes Stephen Howes.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Could asylum seekers travelling from New Zealand obtain a visa on arrival in Australia?

Asked whether he would consider a New Zealand offer to resettle asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the plan would be a "complete disaster", and claimed people smugglers would target New Zealand because
Report

What are the taxpayer savings from cancelling the visas of organised crime offenders?

The focus of this study is the direct cost of offences committed by organised crime offenders, and the cost of prison sentences associated with these offences.
Commentary

Tough talk

Has stricter vetting really reduced Australia’s migrant intake?
Fact sheet

Global Talent Scheme pilot – fact sheet

A new visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent and deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from 1 July of this year.
Blog post

'Losing its credibility': the abolition of the 457 visa program

In March 2018, the 457 Visa will be formally abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. This FlagPost analyses one part of the visa in an attempt to understand how its credibility may have changed over time.
Commentary

Australian government axes 457 work visa: experts react

The Turnbull Government is axing the 457 Visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This comes after a history of problems with the 457 program, including uncovered abuse of workers. The new scheme will be made up of two streams...