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Ministerial intervention – Australian immigration law

I receive many enquiries from migration agents and lawyers seeking assistance with Ministerial intervention applications for their clients. What is a Ministerial intervention? When your visa has been refused by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) there is provision in the Migration Act 1958 (Act) for the Minister to personally intervene…

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Partner visas – the sponsors obligations and limitations on the ability to sponsor

Regulations 1.20J, 1.20KA, 1.20KB and 1.20KC There are certain circumstances where an Australian citizen or permanent resident who wants to sponsor their partner will be subject to limitations on their ability to do so. The approval of sponsorships for all subclasses of partner visas is subject to certain limitations on…

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What do I do if my appeal in relation to my visa is refused?

Under the Migration Act 1958 (Act) the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (the Minister), Members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) are the decision makers who will decide a visa application and will review the merits of your application to…

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New citizenship bill introduced into parliament

A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements…

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What is the Character test? – Australian Visas and Citizenship

A person’s character is a significant issue when a person applies for an Australian visa or Australian citizenship. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) website correctly points out that “Entering or remaining is Australia is a Privilege, and it is expected that non-citizens are, and have been, law…

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Visa Cancelled or Refused – What do I do?

When your visa is cancelled or refused you often have limited time to decide how to move forward so it is important to get the right advice early. From 1 July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has been the only merits review tribunal that can make a decision after…

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Appeals against decisions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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…

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