New online Visa system to be developed

Immigration

The government has announced the creation of a computerised system for Visa applications in an effort to reduce costs, create greater visibility and reduce the risk of fraud.

The $90 million computer system will be known as the Immigration Global Management System (IGMS) and is presently in development by software developement company Datacom.

The government is hopeful that it will be initially operating on a reduced basis in the first few months of 2014 and that with completion aimed for 2015 it will help centralise decision-making and will also enable the government to more easily offer additional online services.

The new system will particularly combat a common frustration of the current system in that it will let applicants check the status of their applications on-line.

The government has set an audacious goal of 70 per cent of visas applications being received online through the new system by the end of 2017.

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