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What happens when your situation changes during your Australian visa application?

One of the most common question we are asked is what happens to my partner visa application if our relationship breaks down? We always emphasise to our clients that you must always be transparent and honest when dealing with the Department of Home Affairs (Department). Section 104 of the Migration…

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Changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas

The Government has introduced changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas from the 16 April 2021. The explanatory memorandum supporting Legislative Instrument - Migration Amendment (Bridging Visa Conditions) Regulations 2021 - F2021L00444 states: The objective of the amending regulations is to strengthen the community placement options available to the Minister…

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New health clarification for visas to ensure adequate health insurance

18 November 2017 sees the introduction of a new visa condition that will be attached to most temporary visas – Condition 8602. This Condition will require that the visa holder not have an ‘outstanding public health debt’. Additional amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 will also assist to clarify what…

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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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Have you received a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection?

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…

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Conditions of a Visa and Cancellation

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…

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Registered Migration Agents Working For You With DIBP

By appointing FC Lawyers as your registered migration agents, you allow us to communicate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf. As such, we will generally be the Department’s first point of contact in relation to your visa application. The Department may get in contact with…

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Employer Sponsored Visas – Can I leave before 2 years?

A very common question asked about employer sponsored visas is: “What happens if I need/want to leave my employer before the 2 year period is up?” Employer Nomination Scheme (sc 186) When you lodge the visa application form for this subclass you are required to declare that you agree to…

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Are you a Kiwi living in Australia? Are you facing a visa cancellation for your criminal record?

As a Kiwi, you’re able to come to Australia, live and work for an indefinite period of time. However, you are still technically a ‘temporary resident’ on a visa so you have to continue to meet the set ‘character’ test, or face having your visa cancelled. The Department of Immigration…

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Have you received a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal of your visa application on character grounds?

When you lodge a visa application, you will generally be providing information to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) about your character – including things like your criminal history. For permanent visa applications, this information is used to assess whether you meet the character test. You can read more…

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Can my employer sponsored visa be cancelled or revoked? Here is the answer!

If you are in Australia and are sponsored by an employer either temporarily or permanently, or you are considering applying for an employer sponsored visa, you need to know your rights – including whether or not your employer can have your visa revoked if you stop working for them. Are…

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