Australian Department of Immigration has processed a record number of visa applications

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The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has released its annual report for the year 2012-2013. According to the secretary of the Department, the current year has been highlighted by an unprecedented change. The department has dealt with often unpredictable challenges in supporting the government to shape the country through managing permanent and temporary movements of people in and out of Australia, and in delivering settlement and citizenship programs.

Mr Bowles revealed that during the last year the Department of Immigration and Citizenship had to deal with more than 33 million border movements in and out of Australia. Most of the people were students, temporary migrants and tourists. In the course of the year more than 4,7 million temporary visas were and more than 2,5 million phone calls were answered in the call centres of the Department.

The report highlighted as one of its most important successes the fact that more than 120 000 foreigners received their Australian citizenship, which is a huge increase in comparison with the same period during the previous year, including a record 17,059 on Australia Day 2013 alone. Bowles said compliance with Australia’s migration system also remained high, with more than 99 per cent of the 5.1 million temporary entrants during the year complying with their visa conditions.

Furthermore, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has launched a lot of new initiatives in the area of temporary visa programs. The Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa program, reformed from 1 July 2013, has been growing at a record rate.

In addition to that, there were Business Innovation and Investor Immigration visas that were introduced on 1 July 2012. It is expected that these programs will significantly contribute to the Australian economy by fostering innovation and foreign direct investments

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