Why don’t we just move to a country that’s less restrictive than us?
By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Australia is going to ban some travellers from entering the country, but you might not know what the restrictions are, or whether they are even real.
For the uninitiated, the travel restrictions are part of the Global Entry Program, which aims to limit the number of people who enter Australia for short periods of time.
The program was created by the Commonwealth in 2017 and has since expanded to all Commonwealth territories and territories in Australia.
The restrictions on the new visa class were announced last week, which included a travel restriction to the United States and a limit of 30 days on Australian-based visa holders travelling to the US.
“This visa class is intended to encourage Australians to move to the States for business or personal reasons, and we want to ensure that the existing visa holders can continue to enjoy their rights in Australia,” a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.
“The visa restrictions will only be in place for the duration of the visa period.”
While the restrictions will remain in place during the 90-day visa period, there will be no restrictions on travel to the Philippines.
In a statement, the Department said that the restrictions would be in effect from June 1, 2020, until the end of June 2021.
The department said that while there was no specific time frame for the restrictions to end, it would consider all factors in order to minimise disruption to the Australian economy.
“It is important that we take all necessary steps to ensure the visa class remains in place as long as possible,” the spokesperson said.
In 2017, the department introduced the Global Visas, Expatriates, and Passports (GVA) program to ensure people entering the Australian market could be able to get the visas they needed for their businesses.
However, it was not until this year that the department was able to expand the program to include people who had already been in Australia for longer than 90 days, including students, tourists, and people with permanent resident status.
According to the department, this new program is designed to be able for Australians to enter the country to do business, but not to be used to enter Australia on a short-term basis to visit family.
“These changes are a response to changes to visa requirements over the past year and a half, which resulted in a significant increase in the number and duration of short-stay visas issued, as well as a significant reduction in the availability of long-stay visa categories,” the department said in a statement.
“Our new visa restrictions are designed to provide the flexibility needed for the Australian people to move into new sectors and to continue to have a healthy and vibrant economy.”
According to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, it is “clear” that there are many people in the community that would benefit from a move to more liberal visa requirements.
“While there are concerns about the impact of these visa restrictions on some Australians, there is a very clear majority that want a more liberal approach,” she said.