Visitor Visa Program Quarterly Report (to 31 March 2012)

Visitor Visa Program Quarterly Report (to 31 March 2012)

358,815 business Visitor visa applications were lodged in 2011-12 to 31 March. This is a 3% increase over the same period in 2010-11 (348 371) and can be partially attributed to an increase in applications from citizens of the United States of America (up 8.6% to 52 058).

348,183 business Visitor visas were granted in 2011-12 to 31 March. This is a 2.2% increase over the same period in 2011 (340 715). This can be partially attributed to a 7% increase in ETA subclass 977 grants (up from 137 509 to 147 150) compared to the same period in 2010-11.

There were 126,750 arrivals on business Visitor visas during the quarter ending 31 March 2012. This was lower than the same quarter in 2011 (131 224) but higher than the same quarter in 2010 (111 572).