Opinion

Australia's harsh treatment of visa holders makes zero sense

By Xin Yuan Quek
February 15 2022 - 6:25pm
Jobs in Australia typically require applicants to be permanent residents - even recent university graduates on bridging visas. Picture: Getty Images

Australia has reopened its borders to double-vaccinated tourists and visa holders. While this is good news, the government has previously disallowed those on bridging visas to leave or re-enter the country, causing local firms to be unable to operate at full capacity. This took a toll on productivity, and highlighted that holders of bridging, partner and work visas are considered no more of a priority than tourists. Though the Department of Home Affairs has said this approach was part of its COVID-19 crisis management, the government has always had rigid immigration policies. The pandemic merely shone a spotlight on them.

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