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What happens if my visa is refused or cancelled due to my character?

If you have your visa refused or cancelled, you need to get expert advice a soon as possible. Strict time limits apply to drafting submissions and appeals. A visa refusal or cancellation can limit the type or visas you can apply for in the future or even prohibit you from…

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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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Section 501 Character Requirement Amendments

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…

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The character requirement for visa applications: will you meet the criteria?

To be granted entry to Australia whether temporarily or permanently, whether you are a main applicant or an additional applicant, you will need to pass the character test set out in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will consider your past and…

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