Reintroduction of temporary protection visas for asylum seekers

September 25, 2014

Reintroduction of temporary protection visas for asylum seekers

The Australian immigration minister, Scott Morrison has successfully entered into a deal with Clive Palmer over the reintroduction of temporary protection visas. This sensational deal is reportedly said to remove all the asylum seekers from Christmas Island. 

Apart from the reintroduction of the three-year temporary protection visa, the deal also covered over the introduction of a five-year visa program - Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.  Notably, the latter program would enable asylum seekers to apply for onshore visas. 

It has to be mentioned here that the onshore visa types include skilled, family, temporary and student visas. Briefing more on the same, Morrison has said that asylum seekers would be eligible for permanent residency in case they meet the requirements. 

All the asylum seekers in Christmas Island will be shifted to Australian main land, said Palmer in a press conference who has even stressed that at least 1500 asylum seekers currently reside in the island, as a part of the deal with the government.

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