Australia: Visitor visa reforms begin March 23 while new lodgement fees for dependent visas begin July 1

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) recently announced reforms to the visitor visa program which go into effect on March 23, 2013. The number of subclasses will be reduced from nine to five. Work activities carried out by business visitors will be restricted with the introduction of a new short-stay temporary work visa (Subclass 400). These changes will have significant impact on companies in Australia who currently rely on business visas for workers engaging in short-term work.