Australia to Step Up Visa Processing of Skilled Workers

To address a shortage of skilled workers, the Australian immigration minister has focused the Department of Home Affairs to speed up visa applications.

Australian businesses and industries have urged the government to speed up visa processing times for skilled migrants.

Andrew Giles, the new government’s minister for Immigration, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, announced that fill the gap backlog of visa applications is the prime focus.

“Processing visa applications is a significance for the Australian government. I have raised my apprehensions with the current state of visa processing with the Department of Home Affairs, and we are dedicated to ensuring that visa applications are managed in a timely manner.”

According to him, the former government haven’t release data on the figure of skilled worker visa applications that had been submitted.

He further added more resources are required to cut down on long visa processing waits. “The current interruptions just aren’t moral enough when so many businesses are absent without staff and therefore can’t afford to stay open,” Mr McKellar added. “To make the skilled migration structure more manageable and accountable, we need to open employer sponsored migration up to all skilled professions.”

Since 2018, the wait time for the 476 visa, which is intended for recent engineering graduates who want to live, work, or study in Australia for up to 18 months, has increased to a whopping 41 months.

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