In a previous post on September 16, which can be found here, I discussed the upcoming changes to the Australian Student Visa Framework, as well as the increase in the number of student visas which have been cancelled in the year ending June 2015. This blog post will discuss some of other the trends that […]
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Are you, or someone you know, the holder of an Australian visa that has spent 12 months or more in prison? On 11 December 2014 amendments to section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 came into effect, and these changes affect the character requirements to hold or be granted an Australia visa. As already noted […]
If so, our team of qualified migration lawyers and agents may be able to help with submissions to the Department in relation to the Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC). Under the Migration Act 1958, there are several situations in which the Minister may cancel the visa of a current visa holder. In our […]
Are you the current holder of an Australian visa? Did you know that your visa may have certain conditions attached to it, and that failure to comply with the conditions of your visa can render your visa liable to cancellation? Between July 2014 and June 2015 nearly 11,000 student visas were cancelled on the basis […]
Have you had a visa application refusal? Are you unsure what avenues of appeal or appeals are available? If you lodge an application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a visa and the application is refused, there will generally be mechanisms through which you can have this decision reviewed and through […]
If you are a New Zealand citizen in Australia on a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), you may be able to apply for citizenship. Have you been in Australia since before 26 February 2001? If you entered Australia before the 26th February 2001 on a 444 visa and you have lived in Australia since, you […]
A Senate enquiry into Australian’s temporary work visa programs has extended its reporting period after allegations of widespread non-compliance by several Australian companies has recently come to light. On 24 March 2015 the Senate referred the inquiry, entitled “The impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary […]
On July 1 2015 Australian Customs and Border Protection Service was officially disestablished, and together with the pre-existing Department, the new Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) was created. The DIBP will still be responsible for visa applications, while the Australian Border Force will be the operational arm of the new-look Department, with […]
As of July 1 2015, certain changes to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) that were announced in October 2014 have come into effect. It is useful firstly to outline what has stayed the same and hasn’t changed in relation to the SIV stream. Applicants […]
A new law to be bought in during the Federal Parliament’s next sitting period would seek to close existing loopholes that currently allow the illegal purchase of existing properties in Australia by foreign nationals. This comes off the back of a National Australia Bank survey of 300 people in the Australian real estate and development […]