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Australia to decide over visa waiver for Gulf nationals

Australia is set to make decision over whether to waive visa applications for Gulf nationals.
Australia's government is set to make a decision over whether or not it will make moves to waive visa applications in their current guise for those coming from Gulf nations.

In recent times, the country has looked to attract more visitors from the Middle East by forming an alliance between Qantas and Emirates airlines to make it easier to travel to Australia.

But now the government is looking to take this further by making moves that could see Gulf nationals able to move to the country more freely than currently, where they can for up to two years on working visas.

Andrew Robb, Australia’s trade and investment minister, said that the new scheme would be similar to that brought in last year in the UK, wherein visitors are able to fill in electronic visa waivers online, before travelling to the nation. 

While they still must apply no less than 48 hours before they are due to travel to the nation, the government said it would allow them to come to Australia without having to provide biometrics, visit a visa centre or hand in their passports before they head to the nation. 

Posted by Steve Douglas

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