Massive earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria earlier this month, which means many Australians who have family in those countries will want the visa applications of their loved ones to be processed as soon as possible.
Furthermore, the Federal government is trying to come up with ways to speed up the visa processing for individuals interested in coming to Australia from Turkey and Syria.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Turkey and Syria eleven days ago, resulting in more than 41000 deaths.
While millions are in dire need of humanitarian aid, the number of missing people is still unclear. Moreover, a lot of survivors lost their homes during winter when the temperatures were too low. Don’t forget that the aftershocks are still being reported in some parts of the two regions.
Latest reports suggest that the Department of Home Affairs is inclined toward accelerating visas from applicants belonging to the areas affected by the recent earthquakes.
In addition to this, a spokesperson for the department confirmed that all the visa applications would be processed on a case-by-case basis.
Plus, the department has also stated that although visa processing times vary according to the type of visa and an applicant’s specific circumstances, applications that seem more compelling than others are given priority.
What’s important to note here is that the authorities still require every visa applicant to fulfill the eligibility criteria, including security checks and the necessary assessments.
Regardless, the Department did not announce any changes to the migration cap of Australia, which was recently increased to 195000 in September 2022.