December 2011 quarterly visitor visa statistics now available

The Visitor Visa Program Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 December 2011 is now available at www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/visitor.htm

For the nine Visitor visa subclasses, the report provides information on applications, grants, arrivals and processing times. Highlights from the report include:

  •  Tourism Visitor visa applications fell by 3.1 per cent in 2011-12 to 31 December compared to the same period in 2010-11 (down from 1 759 797 to 1 704 779).  This largely reflects a decline in applications by Japanese and UK citizens.  Lodgements by Chinese citizens continue to grow (up 27.8 per cent to 166 721 applications).
  • 237 529 business Visitor visa applications were lodged in 2011-12 to 31 December.  This is a 6.1 per cent increase over the same period in 2010-11 (223 879 applications).
  • There were 64 900 subclass 676 visas granted under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme in 2011-12 to  31 December 2011.  This is a 29.8 per cent increase over the same period in 2010-11 (49 984 grants).
  • On 31 December 2011, there were 367 413 Visitor visa holders inAustralia. 

 The quarterly report for the period ending 31 March 2012 is expected to be published in late April 2012.