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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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Does my partner who is sponsoring me for a partner visa to Australia, pass the character test?

  The Australian Government is very serious about protecting not only its citizens and residents, but also any person applying for a visa where an Australian citizen or permanent resident is sponsoring them. Since 2016, Australian citizens and permanent resident who want to sponsor an applicant for a partner visa…

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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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Ministerial intervention – What are they?

A Ministerial intervention in migration matters is often misunderstood. What is Ministerial intervention and how does it work? Ministerial intervention is governed by sections 351, 417 and 501J of the Migration Act 1958 (Act) The Minister has powers under the Act to replace a decision of a merits review tribunal…

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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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Student Visa grants for Chinese, Brazilian and Malaysian students increase in 2014-15

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…

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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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Partner Visa Applications – Not As Simple As You Might Think!

While partner visas may seem like relatively straightforward applications, here at FC Lawyers we regularly receive phone calls and emails from applicants who have had issues getting approval. These refusals often don’t have anything to do with the legitimacy of the relationship but rather are often caused by simple misunderstandings…

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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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Why should you use a Registered Migration Agent?

A common question asked by prospective clients when they are considering lodging a visa application is “why should I use a registered migration agent?” It is not a requirement that you use a registered migration agent when lodging your visa application, however, you will find they can offer a variety…

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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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