Use of specific pathway sequences by longer term temporary visa holders.

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From: Ken Macleod

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

This request is for latest documents (or data sets) that show for all long term (greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31, 2016.

1. What year were they granted their first temporary visa?
2. How many temporary visas have they accumulated?

If the data allows, please list people on visitor and NZ 444 visas separately.

If possible, please treat this as an administrative/informal request. Otherwise please proceed with my request as a formal information request under the Act.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Macleod

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FOI Request:       FA 17/09/00682

File Number:       ADF2017/100047

Dear Mr Macleod

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 14 September 2017 seeking
access to documents held by the Department of Immigration and Border
Protection (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

'This request is for latest documents (or data sets) that show for all
long term (greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on
Dec 31, 2016.

1. What year were they granted their first temporary visa?
2. How many temporary visas have they accumulated?

If the data allows, please list people on visitor and NZ 444 visas
separately.'

Your request was received by the Department on 14 September 2017 and has
been allocated FOI request number FA 17/09/00682.  Please include your FOI
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Good afternoon Mr Macleod

I refer to your request for access to documents regarding temporary visa holders.

The Department does not hold any existing documents that contain the data you are seeking access to. In addition, the Department is unable to extract the data to the level you have requested from its computer systems.

However, the Department is able to produce data that would consist of the number of long-term (greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia at 31 December 2016. Could you please confirm that you would agree to modify the scope of your request by removing the additional two numbered points from your request, and limit it to " latest documents (or data sets) that show for all long term (greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31, 2016".

With kind regards
Freedom of Information Section
FOI, Privacy and Records Management Branch
Corporate Division
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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From: Ken Macleod

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Dear FOI,

Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate the time and effort.

I have two questions.

1. Is the data you can produce - 'Number of long-term temporary visa holders in Australia as at 31 Dec 2016' - exactly the same as that listed in this publically released pdf?
https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPubl...

2. I just want to clarify, the DIBP have no documents/data that contains information on how long, long-term visa holders, have been residing in Australia?

Yours sincerely,

Ken Macleod

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Dear Mr Macleod,

In regards to your questions below, the relevant business area has advised the following:

1. Yes, the data would be essentially the same as per the table listed via the link. Long-term visa holders can be identified by looking at the relevant visa type. For example, 457's.

2. Yes, the data we are able to report on is the number of long term visa holders are in Australia at a certain point, not how long they have been located in Australia.

I would be grateful for your advice on whether you are able to modify the scope of your request by removing the additional two numbered points from your request, and limit it to 'latest documents (or data sets) that show the number of long term (greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31, 2016'. To assist the Department in progressing your FOI request your response by COB Friday 13 October 2017 would be appreciated.

with regards,
FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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From: Ken Macleod

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Dear FOI,

Thanks for the reply. Please consider the initial scope of my request amended as per your previous email.

Yours sincerely,

Ken Macleod

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Our references: FA 17/09/00682; ADF2017/100047

 

Dear Mr Macleod,

 

I am writing in regards to your FOI request seeking:  

 

'latest documents (or data sets) that show the number of long term
(greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31,
2016’

 

This email is to advise you of my decision that you are liable to pay a
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Dear FOI,

Thanks, I will proceed with payment, please action my request.

Yours sincerely,

Ken Macleod

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Dear Mr Macleod,

Please see attached the invoice with details on how to pay the charges.

Please advise [DIBP request email] when and how you have made the payment. Once we have confirmation of your payment the clock will restart on your request. You may send confirmation as a bank receipt or screen snapshot. If paying electronically there may be a delay of a day or 2 for the Department to confirm that the funds have been received.

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From: Ken Macleod

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Dear FOI,

That's been paid via the Department website.

The receipt number is - 77694736396

Yours sincerely,

Ken Macleod

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Our references: FA 17/09/00682; ADF2017/100047

 

Dear Mr Macleod,

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 14 September 2017 and revised on
11 October 2017, seeking access to the following:

 

‘latest documents (or data sets) that show the number of long term
(greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31,
2016’

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please see attached
the signed decision letter and schedule of documents. Attachment B –
Documents released (documents to be released under the FOI Act) will be
sent to you once the charges have been confirmed as received.      

 

Outstanding payment

On 13 October 2017 you agreed to pay the charge as outlined in the charges
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release documents until the charges have been paid in full. I note that
you have advised that you have paid the $30 via the Department’s Website
on 13 October 2017. The Finance Area of the Department is required to
confirm receipt of the transfer before the Department can provide you with
the documents listed in the schedule of documents.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

 

with regards,

H Simons

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
E: [1][DIBP request email]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our references: FA 17/09/00682; ADF2017/100047

 

Dear Mr Macleod

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 14 September 2017 and revised on
11 October 2017, seeking access to the following:

 

‘latest documents (or data sets) that show the number of long term
(greater than 12 months) temporary visa holders in Australia on Dec 31,
2016’

 

Please find attached the receipt of payment for the charges as outlined in
the charges notice sent to you on 13 October 2017.

 

Please also find attached the document released that forms part of the
decision sent to you on 16 October 2017.

 

Kind regards,

H Simons

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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