Reintroduction of Temporary Protection Visas
In the Australian Parliament, the Senate has passed changes to Australia’s Immigration laws, including the re-introduction of temporary protection visas. The effect is that refugees will be granted protection in Australia for three years. However, they could be sent back to their home countries after that if the Government deems conditions there have improved. Also, new five-year safe-haven enterprise visas will be introduced to encourage refugees to live and work in regional areas. Importantly, this could eventually offer a pathway to a permanent visa. Among the other changes, Australia’s refugee intake will be increased by 7,500 places, asylum seekers on bridging visas will have the right to work and all children will be removed from detention on Christmas Island
Should you have any Australian Immigration or visa criteria enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact Costanzo Lawyers to speak with one of our Migration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents.
Source: ABC News report by Louise Yaxley, Jane Norman and Jonathon Gul: “Senate agrees to reintroduce temporary protection visas”