Since taking power the Albanese Government has been working to boost up Australia’s immigration programs. Reducing visa backlogs, increasing immigration quota, and employing more staffs to speed up visa processing are some of the actions taken so far.
Here are a few accomplishments related to visa backlogs:
- 4 million visas processed in total from May last year to January 1st 2023.
- Visa backlogs reduced to 600,000; earlier it was 755,000
- 150,000 Backlogged Visas processed in less than 2 months.
- 400+ extra staff employed by the Australian Government to work on visa processing to reduce delays and backlogs.
The Australian Government’s reputation for enacting efficient immigration policies is in the spotlight after the Department of Home Affairs announced major accomplishments in visa processing.
150, 000 backlogged visas were processed in a span of just one and a half month as the number of backlogged visas has come down to 600,000. Earlier, the number of backlogged visas stood at 755,000, as announced on 16th November 2022 by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles.
This too was a great accomplishment considering that the number of backlogged visas was nearly 1 million before Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanes’s Labour Party took over in June last year.
The accomplishment became feasible only after 140 new staff were employed by August 2022 into the DHA to work on visa processing under the orders of immigration minister Andrew Giles. (Read: Offshore Visas Now Top Priority, Says Australian Immigration Minister)
In addition, the Australian immigration ended the year with employing 400 plus staff in the month of December to put more work into visa processing and speed up grants.
This means all visa applications in 2023 have much greater chances for speedy processing.
4 million visas processed in total since May of last year is evidence that the Australian government’s policy initiatives have been highly successful in terms of efficient visa processing.
Andrew Giles, Immigration Minister of Australia, stated in his press release:
“By ramping up processing in the Department of Home Affairs and hiring over 400 extra staff, I’m proud to say that we have now processed over four million visas since coming to government. This has made a huge difference- to the lives of Australians re-connected with loved ones before Christmas, and to addressing the skills shortages that have affected all of us”
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