Migration report showcases visa popularity

Date: Dec 09, 2011

As part of its quarterly review process, the Australian immigration department has made available the statistics related to the issuing of its nine visa subclasses.

The Visitor Visa program is governed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and covers individuals travelling to the country for both tourism and business purposes.

The latest release has been compiled from a range of sources and gives a detailed insight into the trends and popularity of certain types of travel arrangements for the three months prior to June 30 2011.

It highlights the fact that over the last quarter in 2010-2011, the number of short-stay business visas (subclass 456) increased to a five-year high of 54,522.

These valuable documents allow workers to stay in Australia for up to three months while pursuing commercial activities such as conferences, corporate negotiations and exploratory or preparatory purposes.

A migration lawyer can help businesses make full use of these business visas - delivering reliable advice on the related conditions and departmental requirements.

The total number of registered migrant visitors in Australia on June 30 2011 was 165,972 - highlighting how much a popular destination Australia is becoming for both commercial reasons and as a tourist destination.

This comes on top of the recorded increase in Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) approvals which enjoyed a total of 110,609 visas in the 12 months recorded by the publication - the highest number of grants in the last four years.

The ADS is a subcategory of the 676 Tourist visa and is primarily made use of by travel agents organising holidays for visitors from the People's Republic of China.

In all, the grant rate was shown to remain fairly stable over the entire year, with 97.3 per cent of applications approved by the DIAC.

However, when compared with the same measure from this time last year the figure is a little bit lower - with 2009-2010 showing that 97.7 per cent of submissions were successful.

The helps to highlight the important of gaining qualified advice before beginning the application process - with incorrect documentation or information potentially delaying the issue of a visa.

Immigration lawyers are able to review submissions before they are processed by the DIAC - helping to ensure that they have the best possible chance of receiving approval the first time round.