S Jaishankar raises issue of visa backlog with Australian authorities

Addressing the Indian community in Australia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed that the Australian authorities had assured him that the issue of visa backlog, particularly of Indian students, would be resolved by the end of the year.

The visa backlog issue is a major concern for students trying to return to educational institutions across the country in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

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‘I want to tell you this is something I have discussed with different ministers when I was in Canberra. We have a particular problem that students face,’ he said on Tuesday, speaking to the Indian community.

The minister, who is on a two-day visit to Australia, said he had been assured the situation had improved and around 77,000 Indian students had returned to Australia. He said the number of visas from India should and could be much higher. This is why the government will work with the Australian authorities to resolve the problem by the end of the year.

He also highlighted the fact that this is not only a problem for students but also for many other Indians who wish to travel for family reasons. He also applauded the recovery of tourism in Australia and other countries from the post-COVID global pandemic.

There will be a legal framework for talented Indians to move to another country for work, says S Jaishankar

S Jaishankar also highlighted two issues that would transform partnership issues on mobility and mutual recognition of degrees and qualifications. This includes partnerships on mobility and the mutual recognition of diplomas and qualifications. While elaborating on the partnership on mobility, Jaishankar said: “It means Indian skills and talent that are in demand in Australia will have a legal framework, an agreed methodology by which they will move from one country to another. “.

Notably, India is in the process of finalizing such agreements with many countries like Japan, UK and France.

“We’re about to do one with Germany. And we, I think we’ve done some preliminary work in that area with Australia. So I really hope that’s an area where we can see rapid progress because we know that in many areas there are skills shortages in Australia,” he said.

S Jaishankar also said that the government was working on the issue of mutual recognition of degrees and qualifications for the convenience of people who plan to move to another country for work.

S Jaishankar expressed hope to open additional consulates in Australia in the future. He also said there was also renewed interest during his visit for Australia to open a consulate in Bangalore.

“India is now very strongly on the road to recovery,” S Jaishankar

While talking about India’s struggle during the COVID pandemic, S Jaishankar said that India is very strongly on the road to recovery.

He agreed that every country in the world has gone through many hardships during the COVID pandemic. There was hardly any country that was not spared by the COVID pandemic. Moving forward, he said it was time for every country to focus on getting out of COVID in a better and faster way.

He said the COVID pandemic has led the country to massively upgrade its health infrastructure. “What would normally have taken us decades to do happened in months because of Covid,” he said.

After discussing the contribution of COVID to India’s digital transformation, the Minister highlighted the importance of digitalization in the country.

“We can deliver public services in India on a scale you can’t even imagine. This is only happening because we have the digital backbone and the leadership today. The Prime Minister’s vision on how to applying technology for good governance that is delivering results on the ground today.

He also mentioned the government plans that were launched during the COVID pandemic to ensure food security and financial stability for Indians.

(With PTI entries)

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