Published on October 12th, 2009 | by john.weir1
New advisory body for Australian migration services
Stung by fierce criticism of the Australian Immigration Department, Chris Evans, the Australian Immigration Minister has today announced a new advisory service to provide guidance and advice on the rollout of the Community Status Resolution Service.
The new body, known as The Council of Immigration Services and Status will help establish people’s immigration status as quickly as possible.
The council is being set up to take over responsibility from the Detention Advisory Group andÂ will meet initially on 21 October to decide the major issues that will be dealt with immediately.Evans stated that the council will help Australian immigration officials to process Australian visa applications quickly. He said, â€œthe council will provide independent advice on policies, services and programmes to achieve timely, fair and effective resolution of immigration status for people seeking asylum or other migration outcomes in Australia.”
He added, â€œthe government’s focus is on resolving the immigration status of people quickly and fairly while ensuring they are treated humanely and with dignity and respect.â€
The provision of a quick decision on applications to live in Australia is essential for the reputation of the country as a great place to emigrate to.
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