Immigration Updates - Australia
NEW AUSTRALIAN THREE-YEAR MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA TRIAL
New Australian three-year multiple entry visa trial to benefit Indian travellers Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu, has welcomed the announcement today of the trial of a three-year multiple-entry visitor visa for India to be implemented by July 2016.
The trial, which is targeted at frequent short-term travellers to Australia, will allow entry into Australia multiple times on the same visa with each stay valid for up to three months.
India is among three other countries – Thailand, Vietnam and Chile – where the trial will be implemented.
“We welcome the tremendous interest Indians have in visiting Australia for tourism and business. With India among Australia’s nine key tourism markets, the trial will naturally drive our tourism growth from this part of the world,” Ms Sidhu said. “The trial will make it easier for Indian visitors to make repeat visits. Travellers will not need to re-apply for visa within the three-year period,” Ms Sidhu added. The trial applies to eligible applicants within the tourist and business visitor visa streams.
The announcement was made as part of the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Budget to boost Australia’s future tourism growth.