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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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Potential Visa Law Reforms Confirm Morrison Means Business

A recent article by Jennifer Hewett in the Financial Review published on May 20, 2014 explains Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison’s reaction to opinions that business and investment visas are turning into ‘open slathers’. Reviews are underway to expand the flexibility and responsiveness of Australian’s entire system of work and residency…

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Brisbane man Ali Choudhry facing deportation – A serious reminder to all visa applicants

ABC News has recently posted an article regarding Ali Choudhry, a gay man living in Brisbane who is now facing deportation. Mr Choudhry has been living in Brisbane for four years with his partner, Matthew Hynd. The pair lodged a de facto partner visa with the Australian Department of Immigration…

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Regional Queensland Migrants to “Jump the Queue”

Late last year the Queensland Government made mention of a possible policy change that would see more migrants being allowed live and work in Australia if they chose to settle in regional areas. To read more on this article please click here. This potential policy change is still a topical…

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New Immigration Minister

Due to the recent change in Australian Government, this week Prime Minster Tony Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry. The new Minister for Immigration and Border Protection is Mr Scott Morrison MP and the Assistant Minister is Senator Michaelia Cash. Mr Scott Morrison MP was formally the Shadow…

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