According to the annual report from the Australian Immigration Department, it is processing the applications for visa more efficient, quick and making easy for the applicants with its flagship program ImmiAccount.
The report also pointed out that, since its launch in the month of December 2013, the universal citizenship and visa system has been extended to many other countries where the online applications could be lodged.
This ImmiAccount allows the clients to manage online applications of their visa on their own, and that also includes uploading the documents, lodging the applications, payments and tracking the progress. Over 2.4 million ImmiAccounts has been created since the system was introduced, with the average of over 5,000 applications that are being made daily.
It’s a part of the aim of making the process for citizenship and visas much more user-friendly using the digital channels and the technology. The DIBP has also piloted the technology of virtual assistant which also aims at reducing the telephone calls of the clients to department and also reducing the visits to the service counters.
The DIBP is also busy developing the mobile and web applications for taking the advantage of the increasing trend in the preferences of the clients for accessible mobile programs. Like for example, the my VEVO is the mobile app for free that is providing fast and convenient way for the clients for checking their mails and their visa entitlements like their study rights, work rights, expiry dates and travel conditions.
The DIBP has also expanded its program for Offshore Biometrics, and it will be continued in the next year with the enrollments likely set to get doubled in the next year.
Information from the report revealed that in the year 2014-15, the citizenship of Australia was granted to around 1,36,572 individuals and there was hike in the number of visitors who visit Australia and contributes to its economic growth.
The biggest source of tourists who came to visit Australia were from China with around 6,61,000 visas were granted and this is the biggest number of grants to any country, and its also double the number which was five years ago. Around 7.2 million temporary visas were issued in the year 2014-15 compared to 6.8 million in the year 2013-14.
The skilled migrants and individuals with noteworthy funds to invest in Australia also accounted for almost 68% of the program for the year 2014-15. It also includes 48,250 employer sponsored visas.