NEWS: Ten countries added to Immigration's visa hit list

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Subject: NEWS: Ten countries added to Immigration's visa hit list
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jun 21 1999 - 19:47:49 EDT


Note: This recent news story also responds to Hanya's question about
"profiles" of whom should/should not receive visas etc.---List Facilitator

Ten countries added to Immigration's visa hit list

SYDNEY, June 15 AAP - Immigration authorities have targeted
another ten countries as potential sources of illegal immigrants to
Australia in a further tightening of entry rules by the Federal Government.

The Australian newspaper said the list of countries considered to be
sources of high-risk visitors was published by Immigration Minister Philip
Ruddock.

The countries added to the list are Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Ethiopia, Laos, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and Nepal.

The list includes a break-down of the high-risk groups by age and sex from
the countries involved, and was drawn up by Mr Ruddock's department after
studying the records of visa overstayers.

The Australian said people from countries on the list applying to visit
here automatically face greater difficulty getting a visa than people from
'safe' countries such as Japan and the US.

There is a presumption that they may overstay their visas.

Six countries have dropped off the list published by Mr Ruddock in 1997,
bringing the total of high-risk sources to 43.

The countries that have dropped off because of an improvement in compliance
with their visas are Cyprus, Vanuatu, Slovakia, Portugal, Nauru and
Mauritius.

The latest list has just been published in the Government Gazette and can
be used officially to attach more stringent conditions to visa issuance.

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