Asylum seeker bridging visas: experts respond

Author - evidence on asylum seekers and the right to work in the community

Megan Clement, Alison Gerard, James Jupp, Julian Burnside, Melissa Phillips

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The federal government has announced new visa measures as part of its asylum seeker policy.

Bridging visas will be issued to refugees who have been processed onshore, as part of the “no advantage” principle recommended by the Houston expert panel in August this year.

Immigration minister Chris Bowen said the sharp increase in asylum seeker arrivals meant it would not be possible to process everyone offshore. Refugees on the visas will not be allowed to work until they have waited as long as they would have had they been processed on Nauru or Manus Island. They will be able to access limited welfare benefits from Centrelink.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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