AUSTRALIA’S immigration policy could see an unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants applying for work permits as the country seeks to clamp down on a surge in asylum seekers entering the country.
Key points:The Coalition is targeting asylum seekers who arrived in Australia before January 1 as part of its immigration crackdownThe Government is seeking to increase the number of people granted work permits by 1.5 millionAAP/ABC News 2.5M illegal immigrants are expected to apply for asylum in Australia in the first six months of this year, the government said on Tuesday.
The announcement follows a number of court decisions in the US that found people seeking asylum should be given work permits rather than being sent back to their home countries.
Under the new policy, an individual who arrived before January, or has an “immigration status” other than Australian, would be granted a work permit rather than an indefinite visa, which could be revoked at any time.
The Government will ask the Federal Court of Australia to order an urgent review of the system, which is being run by the Migration Department.
The government says the review will determine whether the new immigration rules will have an impact on the flow of people into Australia, and whether it is necessary to increase asylum applications.
The review is expected to be completed within three months, according to the Migration Minister, Peter Dutton.
Mr Dutton said in a statement that the review would be undertaken by an independent body.
“The Government believes it is important that the Government ensures the process is fair and timely and that all asylum seekers are granted fair treatment,” he said.
“While the review is currently under way, it is expected that it will be completed by early 2019.”
There is a significant backlog of applications for work visas in Australia, as a result of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Daubert v New York.
“We are working with the Australian Government to ensure that those individuals who arrive before January can apply for work-related visas, while also ensuring that asylum seekers granted work-based visas do not face hardship.”
Mr Dorset told ABC Radio he was not aware of any work-only visa programs being in place in Australia.
He said he had heard there were some asylum seekers waiting for work in New York, but the Government was not in the process of putting any such programs in place.
“I have heard there are some applications in the queue that are not being processed,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“It’s very difficult to tell exactly how many people have been waiting for these applications.”
But we are hoping to have a review on this as soon as possible.
“Mr Abbott said the Government would introduce a $30 million package of welfare payments to help Australians who had applied for asylum.
The Federal Government’s latest economic forecasts, published on Tuesday, predicted the economy will grow at an annual rate of 1.9 per cent this year.
In a statement, the Government said the plan would allow it to keep its fiscal position stable and increase the amount of money available to pay for welfare payments for all Australians.
It said the scheme would also “help protect the integrity of the nation’s immigration system” by making it easier for people to access welfare and help them to get jobs and education.”
To achieve this we need to ensure Australia is a safe and prosperous place to live and work,” the statement said.
Topics:immigration,government-and-politics,people,people-in-government,government,australiaFirst posted September 01, 2019 11:15:38Contact Adam BurchardMore stories from New South Wales