The numbers of Australian visa refusals are increasing according to The Department of Home Affairs 2017-18 Annual Report.
The report contains an extensive amount of material across the six departments and authorities that make up the Department of Home Affairs. Interesting highlights include:
Permanent visa outcomes
- 12% decrease overall in the number of permanent migration program numbers in the last financial year
- 10.5.5% drop in skilled stream visas granted since July 2016
- 17% drop in family stream visas granted since July 2016
Temporary visas granted
- An increase of 5.5% in visitor visas granted
- 10% increase in student visa granted
- 30.5% drop in temporary work skilled (SC 457) visas granted
- A 52% drop in the number of Australian citizenship conferrals.
- 99% of temporary entrants maintained their lawful immigration status
- Visa cancellation number relatively stable at 57,440
- Non-humanitarian visa refusals increased by 26%
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- 17,960 appeals were finalised during this period which represented 45% of the caseload, but a further 44,436 still await review
- Only 3.1% of decisions from the AAT were overturned on further appeal to the courts
What you can do about it?
While the trend is definitely against the applicants, it should not deter your plan to migrate to Australia. Australia remains in high demands of several occupations, one of the best countries to live and one of the best places to study.
Education makes up over 5% of the national GDP in this country, which tied with Switzerland. The UN found that most students go to school for around 20 years in Australia.
If you have any plan, even remotely, to migrate to Australia, it’s important for you to at the very least have a consultation with a Registered Migration Agent.