By | Migration Agent Sydney | 30 Sep 2015
The federal government has turned away thousands of people aspiring to a life in Australia by abolishing a group of visas and telling would-be residents their applications never existed.
About 16,000 people including families are affected by the decision, many of whom have waited eight years for a response. Some people are now too old to apply for other visas, and with a single stroke of a pen the Minister has destroyed the life opportunity of people who have been waiting patiently.
The change took effect on September 22 and affected three skilled visa subclasses in the independent, sponsored and regional sponsored categories. It also applies to visa cases not yet decided by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
The Migration Institute of Australia has questioned the legality of the government's decision, and says it raised concerns with the Department of Immigration. A department spokeswoman said most applications were for occupations not currently in demand, which would affect peoples' employment chances in Australia.
The government believes it is unfair to keep people waiting any longer and affected applicants could apply for other visas, the spokeswoman said.
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