Peter Dutton: Give us time to react to new policies around 189, 190 and 489 visa points.
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On Thursday morning (28th June 2018) it was announced by the Department of Home Affairs that the new minimum point score for 189, 190 and 489 visas General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications had been raised to 65 points (from a previous 60 points). These new laws are to be introduced starting from Sunday, 1 July 2018, which is literally 4 days from the announcement made today. In reality, applicants (or potential) only have 1 day full day to act on this information, which clearly does not reflect on the classic Australian adage of 'having a fair go'.
This news comes as a shock to the many tens of thousands who have been waiting a long time for their nominations to arrive, but even more heartbreaking for international students and potential migrants who have spent years preparing for this last hurdle before submitting their applications. This is a massive impact on a large number of people, yet, the lack of time and consideration for potential applicants to react is appalling.
All of these people have invested at least 3-4 years, some even more, of their time, money, blood, sweat and tears; all contributed to the economy and socio-cultural environment of the great country we call Australia. The introduction of these new policies in such a manner is a spit in the face and insult to the multicultural fabric we have all worked so very hard to painstakingly woven over the years. Australia has and will continue to flourish in diversity and multiculturalism, but this can only be true if potential migrants are given their fair go. It is a terrible joke to see a representative of our government at the highest level ignore basic human decency by only giving us 1 day to react to these monumental changes.
We are calling on all ex-international students (like myself), new migrants, old migrants, current international student and all Australians; dear mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and family, we implore you to SIGN this petition, pass it on to the next person and show the DHA that we are not afraid to stand up for what is morally right and fair. What has happened is absolutely unAustralian to the very core, and should not be allowed to carry on without action.
Minister Dutton and the DHA, we urge you to provide at least 28 days from 1 July 2018 as a grace period for new applicants to get their paperwork through, and for current applications to be processed properly. Ideally as a nation of the FAIR GO the DHA would give everyone until the end of the calendar year to make an application. We are certain that you will agree to this minimum timeframe given that most Australian visa expirations come with a 28 day grace period.
Lastly, one word of encouragement: I may be the new kid at school, but I will keep on getting up after I've been knocked down; again and again.
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