The Government of Australia is all set to test the changes made to visa protocols, process in some key markets including immigration to Australia from India. This initiative has been taken to boost visitors and investors in the country. This policy change was announced during the federal budget. The visa changes include a ‘user-pays’ fast-track service for visitors from several countries like the India and UAE. Good news for those citizens who are deemed low-risk and from countries like Thailand, Vietnam, India and Chile, a multiple-entry visa for 3 years to Australia can be arranged. The change in immigration to Australia from India and other countries is likely to lead to a revenue increase of one and half million USD over the four-year period beginning 2016. The Australian Government is expected to save nearly two hundred million usd from the next fiscal, over the next three years, by making changes to the visa process automation, offering various self-service options and using refined capabilities of assessment. From November 2016, Australia plans to introduce the new visa changes. The Border protection and immigration department are looking for an opinion on the most-anticipated new visa policy to commence end of the year including immigration to Australia from India. The visa policy changes include: It is expected that the passport fees will be hiked, from 1st January 2017 onwards. There will be an increase in passport fees by $20 and $10 for adults and for children respectively, including seniors. An additional $54 fee will be charged for prioritizing passport applications and speeding up the process. According to the Australian government these measures will raise nearly two hundred million USD over the period of four years from 2016-17. This in turn, will be used by the Government to help meet the extra cost of providing consular services and meeting other fund policy priorities. High-roller fee will be compulsory for affluent travellers Airport operators will be imposed a secret high-roller fee at the nation’s major airports for first-class border clearance services. The major airports that will be charged high-roller fee for some affluent international passengers are Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne. However, the high-roller fee amount to be charged is commercially confidential. Affluent passengers on private as well as commercial craft are given preferential treatment at international terminals. The passengers receiving border clearance services will be processed by Immigration, including the ones on various programs for immigration to Australia from India. The Australian government wants to draw the attention of the best entrepreneurial talent and skills using its new Entrepreneur visa. This is indispensable for Australia’s prosperity and growth and makes it easy for overseas talent to contribute to Australia’s future.
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