The Indonesia-Australia Business Week in Jakarta saw Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, along with Trade Minister, Andrew Robb making important announcements in relation to immigration affairs between Australia and Indonesia.

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From 2016, Indonesians will enjoy a 3year multiple entry visa to Australia. In an attempt to recognize the strong relationship between Australia and Indonesia, the federal government opted to extend the current one-year visa for visitors into the new 3year one. The news have been well-received by migration agents as well as visa-holders throughout Australia and Indonesia.

 

According to the Immigration Minister’s Media Release, a more easily accessible online application process will aim to strengthen the bond between the two countries, which expands into tourism as well as business, by 2017. Taking into consideration the 6% growth of Indonesian visitors from 2013 to 2015 and contributions of up to $600 to the Australian economy, the initiatives can be seen as the realization of the government’s development strategy.