On August 2017, SBS Australia released a news report highlighting the government’s recent plans with regards to Australia PR Visas. The e-news copy of SBS reflects that “The government is discussing plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas before migrants are allowed to live in Australia on permanent visas”. The discussion paper released on Monday also reflected that “The number of persons in Australia applying for permanent residence has grown substantially over the last two decades. In 2015-16, around half of all permanent visas were granted to people already in Australia on a temporary visa. This means that temporary residence is increasingly becoming the first step to living in Australia permanently.”
By this, we can understand that aspirants migrating to Australia on certain types of PR visas may have to spend an initial probationary period on provisional visas before they obtain an Australian Permanent Residency. While the authorities have announced their plan of making provisional visas mandatory, the factors, conditions & categories that would be included in this reform are yet being examined.
This plan of including mandatory provisional stage is being argued upon greatly since it is the best way in the national interest to facilitate a pathway to permanent residence for the “best and the brightest” international students and skilled workers. It is believed that with this introduction, while permanent migrants may experience budget savings, the Australian society may experience diverse issues.
“The proposed reforms could undermine Australia’s social cohesion and potentially increase the risk factors that may lead to violent extremism by creating a two-tier society where migrants are treated substantially differently to Australian citizens,” highlights a note by Social Services Department.”