‘We feel totally ignored’: Permanent visa applicants protest over dramatic increase in wait times
“I won’t even buy a small piece of furniture because I don’t know when I might have to pack my bags.”
The campaigners were calling for 887 visa holders to be prioritised.
Mr Batra said he feels “totally ignored” by the federal government, which last month announced the Department of Home Affairs would prioritise the processing of offshore temporary skilled, student and visitor visas to help address nationwide worker shortages.
Hundreds of migrants gathered at the rallies in each city to call upon the government to prioritise their 887 visa applications.
“There’s very little argument that the department could put forward to say that these are difficult visas to approve. People applying for permanent residency have already been through security vetting, already tested their skills and their suitability for migration to Australia.”
It urges the government to adopt several key recommendations to resolve the excessive processing delays and better protect migrant workers’ workplace rights, including the establishment of a clear pathway to permanent residency for all temporary visa programs and the removal of work restrictions for some bridging visa holders.
“The Albanese Government is committed to re-establishing immigration as a nation-building function of Government, in order to realise our full potential as a reconciled nation that harnesses its diversity,” Mr Giles said at the time.