Bridging visa ‘blow out’ now bigger than Hobart and Government expects it to keep growing

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The number of people in Australia waiting for a visa decision has swelled to a size equivalent to the population of Hobart.

According to the Department of Home Affairs, 229,000 people on bridging visas were in Australia in March. Hobart’s population at the latest census was 222,000.

And a new report has identified the impact of this group on the labour market for the first time.

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