Impressive international visitor visas to Australia have just been released

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has granted more than 3.1 million visitor visas this financial year to 31 March 2014, which is nearly 6 per cent higher than last year. Interest from Asia continues to rise significantly with tourism visa applications from China up 22 per cent (to more than 380 000 applications), Malaysia up nearly 26 per cent (to more than 187 000 applications) and applications from India up 19 per cent (to more than 102 000 applications).

Some key initiatives of the Visitor visa programme including the introduction of a three-year validity, multiple entry visa for Chinese business visitors to enable them to engage in important bilateral trade and investment activities along with the opening of new Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in additional countries, including India in June 2014.

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