There were some interesting announcements in this budget for the Immigration area. We summarise the key points.

Funding and savings:

  • cost of providing migration and citizenship services is estimated to be reduced from $807 million to $744 million
  • revenue from visa application charges is estimated to increase to $2,541.7 million. This is an increase of $394.4 million and there is no detail as to how this increase will occur
  • there will be additional investment to improve scrutiny of visa processing and passenger screening, and clearance of visitors and goods at our borders
  • $130 million to upgrade the Department of Home Affairs ICT infrastructure for visa processing, identity management and threat analysis.

Visa program changes:

  • a new visa for General Practitioners will be introduced to target areas of doctor shortages
  • a pathway to permanent residence for Retirement Visa holders and Investor Retirement visa holders will be introduced. The Investor Retirement Visa is to be closed to new applicants.

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