visitor visa for the year processed at Australian High Commission
For the first time ever, the Australian High Commission in New
Delhi has passed 100,000 visitor and temporary entry visas in a
program year. The 100,000th visa for the 2010-2011 program
year was issued on 23 May in New Delhi.
This milestone underlines the fast expanding linkages between India
and Australia in tourism and business.
The figure includes 19 different types of visa, including tourist
and business visas.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, said “one
hundred thousand visitor visas shows how fast the bilateral
relationship between Australia and India is growing. More
Indians are travelling to Australia for business, tourism and to
study at our universities. And a growing number of travellers
are reconnecting with family members in Australia.”
The visitor visa application rate has increased by 17% this year
and over 50% of visitor visa applicants were family members of
Indian permanent residents or Australian citizens of Indian
The business short stay visa application rate has increased by 15%
this year, and will continue to grow as India-Australia economic
and trade relations also grow.
Two way trade between India and Australia has been growing at about
20% year on year for the past five years. In 2010 two-way
trade was approximately A$22 billion driven by the strong
complementarities between the two economies. Reflecting this
dynamism on 12 May Australia and India agreed to launch
negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
High Commissioner Varghese said “All these are very healthy signs
of the growing partnership between our countries and people.
Quite simply, Australia and India are rapidly becoming more
important to each other.”
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